Bottled Water Brands Found To Contain High Levels Of Arsenic

Andrew Cummings
June 22, 2019

A woman refills a plastic bottle at a public water fountain in Borough Market in London on August 28, 2018. Just head to a nearby shop and buy some bottled water.

- Many people buy bottled water at a premium under the assumption that it is healthier, cleaner and safer than tap water, but new consumer reports reveal that not all bottled water is actually a better choice. However, a recent study says otherwise.

Bottled water surpassed soft drinks in 2016 to became the most popular bottled drink.

A test conducted by the California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health found that two bottled water brands-Starkey, owned by Whole Foods and Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper-contained levels of arsenic higher than tap water.


High levels of arsenic can cause reproductive harm and cancer.

"Consumers are being needlessly exposed to arsenic without their knowledge or consent", Michael Green, the CEO of CEH, said in a statement. It can also cause organ damage and hormone disruption.

Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found potentially harmful levels of metals including arsenic in fruit juices. Consumers can return the products to a retailer for a full refund.

An independent lab found levels of arsenic above the FDA limit of 10 parts per billion in the water, which is imported from Mexico.


Penafiel, which is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper, is sold at Target and Walmart, along with other vendors.

"There is no place for arsenic in bottled water", said Caroline Cox, Senior Scientist at CEH.

A study has found that two brands of bottled water contain levels of arsenic higher than tap water.


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