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Oct. 16 – US: A Possible Prop-65 Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

Bloomberg on a possible Prop 65 lawsuit about bottled water:

Ten top-selling brands of bottled water contained a total of 38 pollutants including fertilizer, industrial chemicals, bacteria and the residue of drugs such as Tylenol, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group based in Washington, D.C. The bottled water showed an average of eight pollutants in each sample…

In three samples of Sam’s Choice purified drinking water sold at Wal-Mart stores near San Francisco, levels of a group of chemicals known as trihalomethanes exceeded state standards, the report said. These are byproducts of chlorine and other chemicals used to kill microbes and can cause cancer at high doses…

The Environmental Working Group notified Wal-Mart yesterday that it intended to sue the company for violating the terms of California’s Proposition 65, a measure passed by voters in 1986. The regulation requires businesses to notify consumers if products they sell contain significant amounts of chemicals known to cause harm.

Wal-Mart’s Frederick said she had no comment on the possible lawsuit.

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