Study Find High Arsenic Levels In Bottled Water At Target, Walmart, Whole Foods[ UPDATE]

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. — On Friday, Keurig Dr Pepper announced a voluntary withdrawal of its Penafiel unflavored mineral spring water, which is imported from Mexico, quoting “violative levels of arsenic.”

“Arsenic when present in the diet at very high levels, well above those detected in recent samples of Penafiel, is associated with numerous chronic diseases, ” a company press release read. “Water quality tests of Penafiel samples conducted by an independent laboratory on behalf of Keurig Dr Pepper detected arsenic at levels that surpassed the FDA’s bottled water standards for mineral water of 10 ppb.”

The recall includes all of the brand’s 600 -milliliter and 1.5 -liter unflavored mineral spring water products. Customers may return the bottles to their local stores for a refund.

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High levels of arsenic have been found in two bottled water brands sell off major grocery store, according to a new batch of tests commissioned by the California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health.

In a press release on Tuesday, the organization announced that Starkey water, owned by Whole Foods, and Penafiel, owned by Keurig Dr Pepper and sold at Target and Walmart, contain arsenic quantities “above the level requiring a health warn under California’s consumer protection law.” The toxin can cause cancer and reproductive damage, the release says.

CEH’s CEO, Michael Green, warned that while bottled water may seem like a safer option than tap water, it could result in serious health problems in this case.

“Consumers are being needlessly exposed to arsenic without their knowledge or permission, ” Green said, adding that “they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal.”

Green told HuffPost on Friday that the exact levels of arsenic could not be disclosed because the organization is now suing both Whole Foods and Keurig Dr Pepper over the matter.

However, CEH said its findings corroborated Consumer Reports research that also saw high arsenic levels in the bottled water brands.

In April, Consumer Reports conducted a round of tests on Starkey water, discovering that the arsenic levels in three samples registered between 9.48 to 9.86 ppb, and a fourth was 10.1 ppb, slightly surpassing the federal limit of 10 ppb.

In response, Whole Foods told the outlet that it conducted its own exams around that time using the same batch of water, and determined that the products fulfill Food and Drug Administration standards.

In a separate situate of tests on Penafiel, Consumer Reports discovered that arsenic levels were nearly doubled the federal limit, averaging 18.1 ppb.

Keurig Dr Pepper spokesman Katie Gilroy told the outlet the company’s internal tests conducted later found “somewhat elevated levels” around 17 ppb.

On Friday, FDA press officer Peter Cassell told HuffPost the agency contacted Keurig Dr Pepper in May as a result of Consumer Reports’ research and is “working with the company to gather more information and follow up on the issue.”

The FDA has not contacted Whole Foods, saying it does not see an issue with its bottled water, but acknowledged that Starkey has faced safety problems in the past.

In 2017, the FDA pushed for a recollect of Starkey’s water based on the agency’s own surveillance sampling.

Whole Foods declined HuffPost’s request for comment on CEH’s lawsuit.

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