HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts water company is closing after its bottled water was found to be tainted by potentially toxic chemicals.
Spring Hill Farm Dairy CEO Harold Rogers says that what he called "unwarranted attention on our company" and changing regulations in different states and the federal government gave them no other choice but to shut down. The company has been in business for 117 years and employs over 30 people.
High levels of PFAS (PEA-fahs) chemicals were found in water bottled by the Haverhill-based company. These man-made chemicals are used in nonstick and waterproof coatings and have been linked to cancer and other health problems.
The water is sold under various in-store brand names at Stop & Shop, Whole Foods and elsewhere.