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An industry trade group is taking issue with Consumer Reports' recent study of arsenic in bottled water. 

Consumer Reports scientists tested 45 brands between February and May of this year, it says in the report released last week. Only one brand – Starkey Spring Water, made and sold by Whole Foods Market in most of its stores and on – was found to exceed 3 parts per billion. The research and media outlet's called the arsenic levels "potentially harmful."

Starkey Spring Water had arsenic levels ranging from 9.49 to 9.56 ppb, Consumer Reports' tests found. Federal regulations require arsenic levels below 10 ppb.

The International Bottled Water Association labeled as "misleading and false" the study from Consumer Reports and the U.S. edition of the Guardian, which is teaming with Consumer Reports on a project about access to clean, affordable water.

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