Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Two Bottled Water Brands

High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Two Bottled Water Brands

Two bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods, Walmart and Target were found to have the toxin following a new batch of tests that was commissioned by the California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH).

The group says their tests show that the levels of arsenic in these bottled waters are even higher than arsenic levels in tap water.

The CEH sent legal opinions to manufacturers and retailers of Starkey Water, owned by Whole Foods, and Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, bottled in Mexico and sold at Target and Walmart. "Until those conditions are met, we recommend consumers avoid purchasing Whole Foods' Starkey and Dr Pepper's Penafiel".

The aforementioned unveiled a press release Tuesday noting that these products have arsenic amounts "above the level requiring a health warning under California's consumer protection law".

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Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found potentially harmful levels of metals including arsenic in fruit juices.

The Food and Drug Administration had not announced a recall for either as of Friday afternoon. Arsenic in drinking water can cause an increased risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

"Customers typically purchase bottled water at exorbitantly high costs with the assumption that it is safer and healthier to drink than tap water, unaware that they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal linked to birth defects and cancer", CEH chief executive Michael Green said in a statement. "If anything, bottled water - a product for which people pay a premium, often because they assume it's safer - should be regulated at least as strictly as tap water".

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