A test conducted in an independent lab of the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) revealed that in two brands of bottled water, Starkey is owned by Whole Foods, and manufactured by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Peñafiel, contain arsenic levels above the FDA limit.

Chief executive officer of CEH, Michael Green said that consumers were being needlessly exposed to arsenic, they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal linked to birth defects and cancer. He said, “Customers typically purchase bottled water at exorbitantly high costs with the assumption that it is safer and healthier to drink than tap water.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cause of circulatory system problems, skin damage, and an increased risk of getting cancer long-term, is exposure to arsenic.

The CEH also announced it sent “legal notices” to both manufacturers that would require a health warning under California’s Proposition 65.

Consumer Reports tested Starkey Water, from late 2016 to early 2017—and found levels of arsenic above 10 ppb and a Whole Foods executive called “amazingly pristine.”

Senior scientist at CEH, Caroline Cox said that retailers should stop selling them now, and recommended consumers avoid purchasing Whole Foods’ Starkey, Dr Pepper’s Peñafiel until they take the necessary steps to remove this toxic metal from the products.

No recall has been issued for either product by the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers can return the water to the retailer for a full refund. 

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