Keurig Dr Pepper Withdraws Penafiel Bottled Water Due to Excessive Arsenic Levels
Consumer Reports' tests had detected high levels of the dangerous heavy metal in this mineral spring water
Keurig Dr Pepper on Friday voluntarily withdrew for sale all its unflavored Peñafiel Mineral Spring Water after tests commissioned by the company detected excessive levels of arsenic. Consumer Reports had earlier detected levels of arsenic in the water above federal standards and notified the company, in an investigation published in April.
The manufacturer said in a press release issued late Friday that it was taking the action “due to the presence of violative levels of arsenic.”
“Arsenic when present in the diet at very high levels, well above those detected in recent samples of Peñafiel, is associated with numerous chronic diseases,” the press release said.
But the company said that tests of the product by an independent laboratory identified levels that exceeded the Food and Drug Administration’s arsenic standard for bottled water of 10 parts per billion (ppb). And research suggests that long-term exposure to even low levels of arsenic can increase the risk of cancer and other health problems.