Report that 'natural mineral water may be contaminated with arsenic in the soil'



A product evaluation ' Consumer Report ' issued by the non-profit organization Consumers Union reports that arsenic exceeding the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards was detected in bottled mineral water selling 'natural water'. You are This is considered to be contaminated because the water has absorbed arsenic from the soil, and the Consumer Report points out that natural water may be greatly affected by heavy metal contamination in the soil.

Arsenic in Some Bottled Water at Unsafe Levels-Consumer Reports says

Arsenic was detected at a high level: Starkey Spring Water sold by Whole Foods Market and Peñafiel mineral water sold by Keurig Dr Pepper . According to Consumer Report, FDA has confirmed that the standard level of arsenic contamination level is 10 ppb , but that Starkey Spring Water is 9.48 to 10.1 ppb, and Peñafiel is 18.1 ppb . Other bottled mineral water was 3 ppb to 5 ppb, which means that Starkey Spring Water and Peñafiel were particularly contaminated with arsenic at high levels.


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Following the results of the survey, Keurig Pepper to launch Peñafiel announced that it will suspend production of Peñafiel at its plant in Mexico and exports to the United States for two weeks. He also commented that the filtration in the production line should be strengthened to try to reduce the arsenic content level. Keurig Dr Pepper said there is no plan to voluntarily recall the product, but the Consumer Report claims that voluntary recall should be done.

On the other hand, Whole Foods Market commented, 'As a result of internal testing, we determined that the arsenic content level is within the FDA's tolerance.' However, the Consumer Report points out that this is not the first time Starkey Spring Water has been contaminated with arsenic that exceeds FDA standards, and that there have been cases reported from 2016 to 2017.

Arsenic, which is known to be toxic and carcinogenic, is also found in natural rocks and sediments, and mining, agricultural drainage and industrial drainage can contaminate soil with heavy metals such as arsenic. The Consumer Report argues that 'natural water flowing in the ground absorbs the heavy metals contained in the soil, so in many cases the mineral water that directly packs the natural water into the bottle is contaminated with arsenic.' Of course, each company checks before shipping, but depending on the company, the check may be too sweet.

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In some states in the United States, there are separate arsenic contamination guidelines for tap water and bottled water, and tap water is generally more stringent than bottled water. For example, the FDA has set an acceptable level for arsenic contamination in drinking water to 10 ppb, but in New Jersey the standard for tap water is set to half that level, 5 ppb. The Consumer Report stated that “the 10 ppb standard for bottled water is too high compared to that of tap water,” and argued that the standard should be lowered from 10 ppb to 3 ppb.

In addition, the problem of arsenic contamination appears not only in drinking water but also in rice. Grasses are easy to absorb arsenic and mercury from the soil, and as a result, rice grown in heavy metal-contaminated soil inevitably has an increased arsenic concentration. Contaminated rice, when cooked in a large amount of water than usual using the coffee makers most of the arsenic research results that are removed report had been.

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