People on Twitter are learning that an environmental health group has found high levels of arsenic in two brands of bottled water owned by two major companies. We know water isn't a consumer tech-related story, which is what we're known for, but, because we're plugged into what's happening, we thought this was worthy of alerting the Komando audience.
Independent testing commissioned by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found high levels of the toxic metal arsenic in Starkey Water and Penafiel bottled water brands. Starkey is owned by Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon. Penafiel is owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and is bottled in Mexico.
Penafiel voluntarily recalled
Keurig Dr. Pepper announced Friday it will voluntarily withdraw Penafiel unflavored mineral spring water products due to the presence of arsenic in levels that exceed U.S. Federal Drug Administration standards.
The recall comes two days after the CEH announced the results of its testing. In a press release, Keurig Dr. Pepper stated that an independent laboratory that is commissioned to conduct water quality tests on samples of Penafiel detected arsenic at levels exceeding the FDA's bottled water standards for mineral water.
The recall affects all unflavored Penafiel mineral spring water products. The water is packaged in PET bottle formats. Keurig Dr. Pepper is telling consumers to return the water to the retailer they purchased it from for a full refund. A spokesperson for Target, one of the retailers that sell Penafiel, confirmed that it will issue full refunds for the product.
For more information, consumers can call the Keurig Dr. Pepper Consumer Care hotline at 800-696-5891 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.
Starkey denies contamination
In a tweet today, Starkey said its bottled water was in compliance with FDA standards.
Starkey Spring Water is tested yearly by NSF International and is in compliance on all FDA regulated substances, including arsenic. The detected level of arsenic found in Starkey Spring Water is based on their testing results and is naturally occurring.
— StarkeySpringWater (@StarkeyWaterCo) June 21, 2019
NSF is a non-governmental public health and safety organization.
A spokesperson for Whole Foods, Starkey's owner, sent Komando.com the following statement:
"At Starkey Water, our highest priority is to provide customers with safe, high-quality and refreshing spring water. Beyond the required annual testing by an FDA certified lab, we have an accredited third-party lab test every production run of water before it is sold, and our test results from the same lot analyzed by Consumer Reports show that these products are fully compliant with FDA standards for heavy metals. We would never sell products that do not meet FDA requirements."
Consumer Reports had conducted tests on bottled water that yielded similar results as the tests CEH conducted on Starkey Water and Penafil.
Whole Foods stated that it could not comment on the CEH tests.
You may have purchased the water in question at these stores:
Penafiel can be found at Target, Walmart and a handful of other retail locations.
Starkey Water is sold at Whole Foods.
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