Independent lab tests have found high levels of toxic metallic arsenic in two bottles of bottled water sold in grocery stores and large cans, according to the Center for Environmental Health.
The two brands are Peñafiel and Starkey Spring Water, according to the report. Target and Walmart sell Peñafiel, and Starkey is owned by Whole Foods.
On Friday Keurig Dr. Pepper announced the voluntary withdrawal of non-aromatized Peñafiel mineral water "due to the presence of violent levels of arsenic."
The arsenic present in the diet at very high levels, well above those found in the latest Peñafiel samples, is associated with numerous chronic diseases , "Said Keurig Dr. Pepper in a statement.
An independent laboratory detects levels of arsenic over the FDA limit of 1
Users can return the merchant's water for full refund. Check out the Keurig Dr. Pepper for more information.
CEH has announced that they have sent "legal notes" to the two manufacturers after they have found arsenic levels that require health warnings at California's proposal 65. Consumer reports have tested Starkey Water, which the Executive Director of Whole Foods "incredibly pristine" – and found arsenic levels above 10 ppb.
"There is no room for arsenic in bottled water," says Carolyn Cox, a senior CEH scientist. "Bottle water companies must take the necessary steps to remove this toxic metal from their products, and retailers must stop selling them now. Until these conditions are met, we recommend that consumers avoid buying Penafiel from Starkey and Dr Pepper from Whole Foods.
The Food and Drug Administration has not filed a seizure for Friday afternoon.