Peñafiel mineral spring water has been taken off the shelves by Keurig Dr Pepper after a study revealed arsenic levels that violate state and federal guidelines, the company announced on Friday.
The "voluntary withdrawal" of the mineral water comes after a report issued by the California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health found the Peñafiel mineral water brand contained levels of arsenic higher than tap water. Kuerig Dr Pepper issued the withdrawal after conducting an independent test of the product.
"Water quality tests of Peñafiel samples conducted by an independent laboratory on behalf of Keurig Dr Pepper detected arsenic at levels that exceeded the FDA's bottled water standards for mineral water of 10 ppb," a statement from the company read.
High arsenic levels in humans is associated with several chronic diseases and can cause reproductive harm and cancer.
“Consumers are being needlessly exposed to arsenic without their knowledge or consent,” said Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer of CEH. “Customers typically purchase bottled water at exorbitantly high costs with the assumption that it is safer and healthier to drink than tap water, unaware that they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal linked to birth defects and cancer.”
Production of the mineral water was temporarily halted in April, but the company said it had recently installed new, enhanced filtration systems at its facilities that produce Peñafiel and says it's now being produced "well within regulatory guidelines.
Customers with the product are eligible for a full refund. For questions, contact the Keurig Dr Pepper Consumer Care hotline at 800-696-5891 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.