Your bottled water may be less safe than municipal tap water. According to a new Consumer Reports investigation, several of the most popular bottled water brands contain levels of arsenic that are hovering near the FDA’s safety standard—and well above what’s safe to drink regularly. (Be prepared to toss some water bottles after you learn more here.)
For its own investigation, Consumer Reports “reviewed hundreds of public records and test reports from bottled water brands, and from various federal and state regulators,” it writes on its website. And the nonprofit discovered that 11 of more than 130 bottled water brands had detectable amounts of arsenic, some edging dangerously close to—or even above—the FDA’s standard of 10 ppb. For example, three samples of Peñafiel—a mineral water manufactured by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group—contained “arsenic levels well above the 10-ppb limit, registering an average of 18.1 ppb,” Consumer Reports writes.