Bottles of water with & # 039; dangerous & # 039; arsenic level & # 39; s pulled from all over the country
Samples of Peñafiel bottled water from Keurig Dr. Pepper had an alarming 70 percent more arsenic than the EPA allows. The water is on import guards in the US, but Consumer Reports could easily buy it
Bottled water made by food and beverage giants Dr. Pepper and Whole Foods is pulled out of the stores after a report has found dangerous amounts of toxic arsenic.
A Consumer Reports study, published in April, found that the company's Peñafiel water contains 70 percent more arsenic than US standards allow, after examining an internal report from Keurig Dr. Pepper.
Although a bottle alone would not be lethal or critically toxic to humans, Consumer Reports warned that over time, arsenic can accumulate in the body and cause cancer and diabetes.
On Friday the bottles were sold in stores including Target and Walmart pulled nationwide, according to a statement from the company.
In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers everything below 10 ppb as safe.
But in tests from 130 different brands of bottled water, the new report found that 11 had detectable amounts of the heavy metal.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that often pollutes groundwater in many countries, including the US.
The substance can be fatally toxic in a single high dose.
However, prolonged exposure to lower levels can cause skin lesions and can cause skin, bladder and lung cancers, as well as increase the risk of diabetes, developmental delays, heart and lung disease.
Moreover, this risk entails & # 39; s for dangerous pregnancy complications for both mothers and babies & # 39; s.
Getting arsenic from the water is one of the reasons why bottled water should be safer.
However, the findings of Consumer Reports show that it is no better to buy bottles from a number of brands than to take your chances with the tap.
Peñafiel had 17 ppb in some tests – a 70 percent higher concentration than permitted by EPA regulations.
Peñafiel, made in and distributed from Mexico, is currently in import watch due to its alarming arsenic values.
But Consumer Reports researchers were & # 39; easy & # 39; able to find and purchase contaminated bottled water in physical stores and on Amazon.
The EPA has told the watchdog group that the & # 39; appropriate action & # 39; undertook.
Initially, Keurig Dr Pepper temporarily stopped the production of bottled water, but did not offer a recall.
But that changed last week.
The Consumer Reports survey found that another five brands – including Whole Foods & Starkey Water, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic, Crystal Creamery and Earth H2O – contain more arsenic than the lower figure that is considered safe .
Arsenic levels in the organic supermarket Whole Foods Starkey bottled water skates dangerously close to US federal limits, says Consumer Reports – and the agency says the EPA cap is too high
Independent tests on Starkey water from Whole Foods earlier this month found arsenic levels ranging between 9.48 and 9.98 ppb – just before the federal limit.
One example, the report said, sniffed past 10 ppb to 10.1 ppb.
Whole Foods defended its water as & # 39; completely safe & # 39; and insisted on a statement that it would never sell & # 39; products that do not meet FDA requirements & # 39 ;.
Technically they are clear, but Consumer Reports insists that even levels above three ppb would not be acceptable.
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