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February 8, 2013

Officials warn of bottled water taint

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say people who have bought three- or five-gallon bottles of water since Nov. 1 should check them for gasoline odors.

The state health department said Thursday a Massachusetts girl was treated and released at a hospital after drinking from a 5-gallon container of Poland Spring bottled water that was found to have signs of gasoline contamination. The bottle came from a plant in Framingham.

Clean bottled water doesn’t have a chemical smell.

Officials said some people in states with shortages after Super Storm Sandy used the water bottles to hold gasoline. Some were turned in for recycling, and have been found and blocked by water companies. It’s believed a few have made it through the detection and sanitation process.

Officials said the exposure level wouldn’t be likely to cause long term health effects.

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