Ontario-based Blue Glass Water ordered to cease operations after company's products found to be heavily contaminated with bacteria

, October 4, 2013 (press release) – Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, is warning consumers and businesses not to consume or serve bottled water manufactured by Blue Glass Water Co. Ltd., also known as Caledon Clear Water Corporation, based in Caledon Ontario.

Samples of water taken from the company's products have been found to be heavily contaminated with bacteria. As a result, there is a potential health threat posed by these products.

In accordance with Ontario's Health Protection and Promotion Act, Blue Glass Water Co. Ltd was ordered to cease operations related to bottling, processing and distributing water on July 25th, 2013. To date, inspections by public health units have identified the products in food establishments in Hamilton and Niagara as well as the continued presence of the product in food establishments in Toronto.

Although no illnesses have been reported to date, the Ministry is carefully investigating and monitoring the situation with local public health units to ensure the public's safety.

Quick Facts

* Consumers and businesses are advised to check labels on water bottles for the following reference: "Bottled at source by Blue Glass Water Co. Ltd." or "Bottled at source by Caledon Clear Water Corp."

* Bottles may be blue, green or clear glass with a screw top. Bottles have been observed in 750 ml and 375 ml formats.

* The operator is known to offer customized labels to food establishments -- consumers and businesses should carefully check the label for the manufacturer before consuming or purchasing.

Quotes

I am strongly advising the public and businesses to avoid consuming or offering for sale any bottled water produced by Blue Glass Water Co. Ltd.. Testing has confirmed bottled water manufactured by the operator was heavily contaminated with bacteria and could cause illness. The bottled water may be sold under many different labels so it is important to look for the manufacturer on the label before consuming or purchasing. "

Dr. Arlene King

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

David Jensen

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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