Bottled water may not be as safe as may have once hoped. Once the primary choice of water drinking to avoid contaminants like arsenic and lead, bottled water has recent investigations have found that not all of it is free of potentially toxic chemicals.
Bottled water testing began in June by the Center for Environmental Health. The researchers found “high levels” of arsenic in bottled water brands owned by Whole Foods and Keurig Dr. Pepper. Which confirmed earlier research from Consumer Reports, which found levels of arsenic that exceeded the allowable limit set by the FDA.
The Center for Environmental Health wasn’t the only place to test bottled water, but the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued its own warning about the presence of another chemical, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in bottled water sold at Whole Foods and CVS locations in the state.
PFAS became popular in the United States around the 1940s, when manufacturing companies realized the chemicals could resist heat, grease, stains, and water.
Though many PFAS have been phased out of the manufacturing industry, they still lurk in drinking water and consumer goods such as food packaging, carpets, leather, textiles, and non-stick cookware. In addition to their ties to cancer, PFAS are associated with liver damage and developmental issues.