Tests revealed that two mineral water brands sold by Target and Whole Foods were found to have high arsenic levels, according to a study commissioned by the Center.
for Environmental Health (CEH) has identified high levels of arsenic in Starkey Water, which is owned by Whole Foods, and in Penafiel, Keurig, MD. Pepper is owned and sold in Target stores.
"CEH has sent legal notices to mineral water producers and retailers because the amount of arsenic in the water is above the level required by California's Proposition 65 Consumer Protection Act," states a CEH press release. "Prop 65 identifies arsenic as a metal that causes reproductive damage and cancer."
The press release states that children may be most damaged by high levels of arsenic as their bodies evolve. The item could also harm an unborn baby.
"Consumers are unnecessarily brought into contact with arsenic without their knowledge or consent," said Michael Green, CEO of CEH, in a statement. "Customers typically buy bottled water at excessively high cost, assuming that drinking is safer and healthier than tap water, unaware that they are taking an extremely toxic metal associated with birth defects and cancer."
Results reported in the report Consumer Reports at the beginning of the year have confirmed "that these bottled water brands also contain high levels of arsenic."
On Friday, Keurig announced Pepper plans to take Penafiel's products off the shelves due to "violations" of arsenic, "states a press release from the Food and Drug Administration. The products are sold according to USA Today at Target, Walmart and other suppliers. Consumers can return the products to a retailer for a full refund.
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