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In a consumer advisory published this week by the New Hampshire Department of Health, it warned that Gasoline may have contaminated some Poland Spring water bottles. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) stated on February 7 that anyone who purchased a 3 or 5 gallon container of Poland Spring water should first check them for possible gasoline odor before using them.  This according to WMUR.com. Poland Spring stated in a February 7 press release that some of its bottles may have become contaminated in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. Some residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut used empty containers to transport gasoline after a gasoline shortage was reported in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. The Department of Public Health stated that chemical contamination had shown up in a test sample taken from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled drinking water. An Essex County child became ill on February 1 and was treated at a local emergency department after consuming water from a 5-gallon Poland Spring water bottle. The child was later released. Tests conducted by state officials showed that water was contaminated with a small amount of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, indicating gasoline contamination. A statement from Poland Spring said that using containers such as large water bottles for transporting gasoline was against strict advise from them. They said that they had issued an alert to retail customers in November reinforcing that message. They have also added a ‘human sniffer’ on their production lines alongside the automated sniffer machine. Dr. José Montero, director of NH Public Health Services, said in a statement, “This contamination is not thought to be a widespread problem, but we want to remind consumers that they should use their 3- or 5-gallon water bottles only for drinking water. Of course during a disaster we need to do what is necessary to go on, but contaminated water bottles should be discarded.” Only the 3- and 5- gallon Poland Spring water bottles are believed to be affected.

Yuck: Poland Spring Water Bottles May Be Contaminated with Gasoline

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In a consumer advisory published this week by the New Hampshire Department of Health, it warned that Gasoline may have contaminated some Poland Spring water bottles.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) stated on February 7 that anyone who purchased a 3 or 5 gallon container of Poland Spring water should first check them for possible gasoline odor before using them.  This according to WMUR.com.

Poland Spring stated in a February 7 press release that some of its bottles may have become contaminated in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.

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