Earlier this year, Consumer Reports released findings that two brands of bottled water contained nearly double the federal limit of arsenic in water.
Now, Consumer Reports‘ findings are confirmed by California’s non-profit Center for Environmental Health.
HeathDay News reports, via Medicine Net, June 21, 2019, that these two bottled water containing levels of arsenic higher than tap water in violation of federal and California guidelines, are sold at Whole Foods, Target and Walmart:
- Penafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper.
- Starkey, owned by Whole Foods.
High levels of arsenic can cause reproductive damage and cancer, as well as hormone disruption and organ damage, especially in children. Products that violate recommended state levels of arsenic must carry a warning, according to California law.
Michael Green, CEO of the Center for Environmental Health, said in a statement: “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.”
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not recalled either brand of bottled water.
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