“It makes no sense that consumers can purchase bottled water that is less safe than tap water," says James Dickerson, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports.
One expects to find arsenic in the brandy of the rich uncle you're trying to bump off for their wealth. One does NOT expect to find it in the bottled water you buy from your friendly local mega-retailer.
In a report published on June 18th, 2019 by the Center for Environmental Health, it was announced that the water brands Peñafiel and Starkey, which are sold in Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods, contained a higher than legal amount of arsenic. Peñafiel is owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper. It is sold at stores like Walmart and Target. Starkey is owned by and sold at Whole Foods.
“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.”
On 21 June 2019, Keurig Dr Pepper announced a voluntary withdrawal of their Peñafiel brand unflavored mineral spring water.