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Possibly contaminated fuel being sold in southwest Florida

Possibly contaminated fuel being sold in southwest Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced an update on fuel contamination affecting drivers in Southwest Florida Tuesday afternoon:

Here are the six stations that did not receive contaminated fuel, according to the US Food and Drug Administration:

  • Dan’s Car Wash: 39522 US Highway 19 N, Tarpon Springs
  • 7-Eleven: 3437 US Highway 19, Vacation
  • 7-Eleven: 13411 Fish Hook Street, Lithia
  • QUICK AND EASY STOP: 4529 B. Ridge Road, Sarasota
  • Palmer’s Convenience Station: 903 Cattleman Road, Sarasota
  • 2K Express 5: 6202 N 40th Street, Tampa

Eight plants have been inspected, treated and disinfected by the US Food and Drug Administration for the sale of fuel:

  • 7-Eleven: 720 Chiquita Street, North Cape Coral
  • 7-Eleven: 2604 Skyline Boulevard, Cape Coral
  • 7-Eleven: 601 Pine Island Road. Southwest, Cape Coral
  • 7-Eleven: 6050 Dean Dairy Rd., Zephyrhills
  • 7-Eleven: 714 Burnt Store Road, Cape Coral
  • Whole Foods Store #87: 3205 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres
  • Faulkenburg CITGO: 5320 Faulkenburg Road, Tampa
  • PJI LLC: 7977 W Dunnellon Road, Dunnellon (regular and premium fuel were not contaminated, only diesel fuel)

The 17 stations subject to the sale stop order are still awaiting laboratory confirmation:

  • 7-Eleven: 4325 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres
  • 7-Eleven: 12750 South Cleveland Street, Fort Myers
  • 7-Eleven: 290 Lakeland Park Road, Lakeland
  • 7-Eleven: 940 S. Broad Street, Brooksville
  • 7-Eleven: 1626 Meadow Road, Lehigh Acres
  • 7-Eleven: 2401 James Redman Parkway, Plant City
  • BJ Wholesale: 1929 Pine Island Road NE, Cape Coral
  • BJ’s Wholesale: 9372 Ben C Pratt Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers
  • BJ’s Wholesale: 13585 Northeast Route 86, Lady Lakes
  • Whole Foods Store #86: 21321 Palm Beach Ave., Alpha
  • Superday CITGO: 1595 South McCall Road, Port Charlotte
  • Bolton One LLC: 15434 US Highway 19, Hudson
  • JHW #310 – DBA Avenue CITGO: 11867 N. Williams St., Dunellon
  • All Prime – Daytona Beach: 1898 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
  • Food and Gas Choice: 310 N Central Ave., Umatilla
  • Perfect Station 5: 9931 N Florida Ave, Tampa
  • Rogers Petroleum: 134 North DeSoto Street, Arcadia
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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services initially issued a warning on Sunday. The agency said human error led to the potential for widespread contamination of the fuel.

It happened in the port of Tampa but had a wide impact, including in southwest Florida.

The fuel in question was purchased after 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, at stations provided by Citgo from the Port of Tampa.

Credit: Wink News.

Experts tell WINK News that polluted gasoline and diesel have the potential to cause engine damage or render your car inoperable.

If you purchase gas from the affected stations after 10 a.m. on Saturday, report it to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDACS). You can file a complaint by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or online at 1-800-HELP-FLA www.fdacs.gov.