Article courtesy by Framingham | Feb 18th 2013 | Wicked Local
The state Department of Public Health issued a consumer advisory about possible gasoline odors in 3- and 5-gallon jugs of Poland Spring bottled at the company’s Framingham plant that sickened at least one person.
A child in Essex County child became ill Feb. 1 and was treated at an emergency department after consuming water from a 5-gallon Poland Spring water bottle delivered to the child’s home, according to the DPH.
The state says some bottles were contaminated during Super Storm Sandy, when reported gasoline shortages in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut prompted some residents to use empty containers such as large water bottles to transport gas.
The DPH said test results on a sample taken from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled drinking water came back positive for chemical contamination.
At low exposure levels, the detected volatile organic compounds, including benzene, are generally quickly metabolized and excreted in the urine, according to the state. If swallowed, benzene may irritate the mouth, esophagus and stomach, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The DPH recommends consumers who have purchased 3- or 5-gallon water bottles since Nov. 1, 2012 should check for any odors before consuming the water. Clean water is odorless and should not have any chemical smell.
The state urges consumers who smell odor to not drink or use the water and call the bottled water provider to get a replacement. Contact your health care provider with any health concerns.