Consumer Reports finds high arsenic level in Whole Foods bottled water

June 26, 2020 by  
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New Consumer Reports tests determined that some bottled water manufactured by Whole Foods contains potentially dangerous arsenic levels. Starkey Spring Water, which Whole Foods has been selling since 2015, contained at least triple the amount of arsenic as every other brand tested. Arsenic levels in the Starkey Spring Water ranged from 9.49 to 9.56 parts per billion. While this is within federal regulations stating that manufacturers must keep arsenic levels at or below 10 PPB, Consumer Reports experts believe that level is too high to keep the public safe. Related: EWG warns ‘forever chemicals’ are contaminating US drinking water at levels far worse than expected Consumer Reports and The Guardian worked together on a major project about Americans’ access to safe and affordable water . They found that bottled water is not always safer than tap water and noted irregularities between the ways in which the EPA regulates municipal water and the FDA oversees bottled water. While states can set individual standards for tap water, they have no jurisdiction over bottled water’s contaminants. For example, New Jersey and New Hampshire lowered their acceptable arsenic levels to 5 PPB to protect children. However, that rule only applies to tap water. “I think the average consumer would be stunned to learn that they’re paying a lot of extra money for bottled water, thinking that it’s significantly safer than tap, and unknowingly getting potentially dangerous levels of arsenic,” said Erik Olson, senior strategic director of health and food at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), according to The Guardian . Arsenic levels of 5 PPB or more were associated with children’s IQs measuring five or six points lower than average, according to a 2014 study published in the journal Environmental Health . Whole Foods has already faced a couple of lawsuits over Starkey Spring Water’s arsenic level, including one from a stage IV cancer survivor who said his condition makes him keenly aware of contaminants, and he wouldn’t have bought the bottled water had he known about the high amount of arsenic. An FDA spokesperson stressed that because arsenic occurs naturally, “it is not possible to remove arsenic entirely from the environment or food supply.” However, you may want to rethink your bottled water brand in favor of one with lower levels. Or, better yet, if you live in a place with good tap water, save some money and skip the ocean-bound plastic bottles. + Consumer Reports Via The Guardian Image via Suzy Hazelwood

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Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

April 6, 2016 by  
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We don’t often think about whether there are toxins in the trees around us, but researchers in Portland, Oregon recently made a very unsettling discovery. Common tree moss in the area contains dangerous  heavy metals  like arsenic, and it isn’t just in the trees – it’s in the air, too. Read the rest of Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

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Dr. Oz Finds Arsenic in Many Top Brands of Apple Juice

September 17, 2011 by  
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You may have already heard about the  high levels of arsenic found in Mott’s Apple Juice , but NBC’s Medical Expert, Dr. Oz, reported that his team has found arsenic, which can  cause cancer , in more top apple juice brands. They studied leading apple juice brands, such as Minute Maid Apple Juice, Apple and Eve Apple Juice, Mott’s, Juicy Juice, and Gerber with terrifying results, finding high levels of arsenic in most of them.   Click ahead to learn which apple juice brands are considered safe to drink, and which you may want to avoid. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Apple and Eve Apple Juice , arsenic , arsenic in apple juice , arsenic in juice , Dr. Oz , Gerber Apple Juice , Juicy Juice , Minute Maid Apple Juice , Mott’s Apple Juice , safe apple juice , unsafe apple juice

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High Levels of Arsenic Found in Children’s Urine, You’ll Never Guess Where it Came From

September 5, 2010 by  
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photo: Sara Novak A story reported in Grist and first published in the Salt Lake Tribune said that alarming amounts of arsenic were found in two Utah children’s urine. The girl’s urine tested 50 percent above what’s considered safe and the boy’s tested 75 percent above acceptable levels. The culprit turne…

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