Apr 24, 2019

Arsenic Found in Some Bottled Water Brands

Arsenic in some bottled water brands are at unsafe levels including Keurig Dr Pepper

Arsenic in some bottled water brands at unsafe levels including Keurig Dr Pepper
Arsenic in some bottled water brands are at unsafe levels including Keurig Dr Pepper.

Arsenic has been found at unsafe levels in some bottled water brands including Keurig Dr Pepper, according to Consumer Reports.

According to Consumer Reports, they reviewed hundreds of public records and test reports from bottled water brands, and from various federal and state regulators. It was found that several brands sell bottled water with arsenic levels at or above 3 ppb.

The research suggests that amounts above that level may be dangerous to drink over periods of time, according to Consumer Reports. 

However, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is refuting these claims made by Consumer Reports. According to IBWA, consumers can remain confident that bottled water products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are safe for consumption. The IBWA also said experts who work for the FDA have concluded that the current 10 ppb standard for arsenic in bottled water protects the public health.

Forbes also refutes these claims. According to Forbes, Peñafiel, an import owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, registered at about 17 ppb, higher than the 10 ppb limit set by the FDA. They also claim that Keurig Dr. Pepper officials told Consumer Reports that the company would stop production at its Mexico facility to address this problem.

In 2015, the grocery chain Whole Foods introduced its brand of bottled water at a investor event, where company executives promoted  the product, according to Consumer Reports.

“It naturally flows out of the ground,” said A.C. Gallo, chief operating officer about the company’s spring in Council, Idaho, according to Consumer Reports. “We built, actually, a spring house over it so we can let the water go down to the bottling plant. It’s amazingly pristine water.”

From 2016 to 2017, Starkey Water—the name of Whole Foods’ brand—recalled more than 2,000 cases of water after tests showed a level of arsenic beyond threshold of 10 parts per billion (ppb), according to Consumer Reports.

A year later, Whole Foods’ testing showed results that were under the federal limit. However, still at levels that pose risks if consumed, according to research and independent experts.

According to Consumer Reports, consumers have worried more about the quality of municipal tap water, as bottled water has surged in popularity. It is now the nation’s best-selling bottled beverage, according to the International Bottled Water Association. Consumer Reports found in some cases bottled water on store shelves contains more potentially harmful arsenic than tap water flowing into some homes.

“It makes no sense that consumers can purchase bottled water that is less safe than tap water,” said James Dickerson, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports. “If anything, bottled water—a product for which people pay a premium, often because they assume it’s safer—should be regulated at least as strictly as tap water.”