Study: High levels of arsenic found in bottled water sold at Walmart, Target, Whole Foods

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 13:44:03-04

(WTXL) — Bottled water sold at Target, Walmart and Whole Foods contains high levels of arsenic, according to a new study.

The Center for Environmental Health study showed that two bottled water brands violated state arsenic guidelines.

Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, and sold at Target and Walmart, and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods, were found to contain the high arsenic levels.

WPLG reports that although the study showed both brands containing high levels of arsenic, the Food and Drug Administration has not ordered a recall.

California state law says high levels of arsenic can cause reproductive harm and cancer, according to USA Today. The Centers for Disease Control says arsenic can cause an increased risk of diabetes and hypertension, with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, numbness or even paralysis.

“Consumers are being needlessly exposed to arsenic without their knowledge or consent,” said Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer of CEH. “Customers typically purchase bottled water at exorbitantly high costs with the assumption that it is safer and healthier to drink than tap water, unaware that they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal linked to birth defects and cancer.”