Arsenic Found In California Wines – Lawsuit Filed: Wine Geo
Dangerous Level of Arsenic Found In California Wine: Class Action Lawsuit Filed
There are almost no federal labeling requirements to tell you what’s really in wine, that’s why a Denver laboratory started running tests to find out.
BeverageGrades tested more than 1,300 bottles of wine. Almost a quarter of them had levels higher than the EPA’s maximum allowable amount of arsenic in drinking water.
The test included included Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck White Zinfandel, which came in at three times the limit, a bottle of Ménage à Trois Moscato was four times the limit and a Franzia Blush had five times the EPA limit for drinking water. The levels are based on drinking water standards.
Smith said wine makers need to determine where the arsenic is coming from, but in the meantime, “it ought to have on the wine, ‘this wine contains arsenic.'”
The federal government doesn’t regulate wine like it does water, and a spokesperson for The Wine Group, one of the companies named in the lawsuit, told CBS News, “It would not be accurate or responsible to use the water standard as the baseline” because people generally drink more water than wine. He also pointed out that the highest level of arsenic cited in the lawsuit is “only half of Canada’s standard for wine, of 100 parts per billion.”….continue reading
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