High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Certain Wines

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Over the past few decades the medical community has come around to the fact that drinking a glass of wine or two with your dinner might be good for your health. One recent study actually even found that drinking wine was better for you that going to the gym, according to Ring of Fire.

But all of that is only true if you aren’t drinking the cheap wine that contains way too much arsenic, which is a poison.

So before you head to Trader Joe’s for some bottles of ”Two-Buck Chuck” or your favorite wine section for other inexpensive varieties, think about whether they’ve been named in the recent class-action lawsuit that claims that 28 California wineries are producing wines with dangerously high levels of arsenic, states Patch.com.

Most of the wines in the claim are zinfandels or moscatos that sell for less than $10 a bottle.

Court documents allege three separate testing laboratories skilled in arsenic testing each confirmed that several California wineries are producing wines with high levels of the toxin, ”in some cases, up to 500 percent or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.”

The class-action lawsuit is just that: a lawsuit. Neither judge nor jury has weighed in on the allegations. Still, the story has gone viral on social media, with many posts wondering just which wines are included in the suit.

Mike Papantonio, discusses it with attorney Michael Burg in the video.

7 thoughts on “High Levels Of Arsenic Found In Certain Wines

  1. Wow. Really irresponsible journalism here. No where do you or those two hacks on the video mention that the people who are bringing the lawsuit own a lab that tests for Arsenic in wine. The same day they filed the suit, they issued a press release urging wineries to use their lab to test their wines. For. A. Fee.

    1. Well, thanks for your comment.

      NPR has also covered the story:

      NPR: “The wines were tested by a commercial laboratory called BeverageGrades. And a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against a group of wine producers claims two other labs confirmed tests that found arsenic levels in some wines exceeded what is allowed in drinking water.”

      Lots of good info on the NPR site, including links to the plaintiffs, etc.

      One idea: Could this be a lawsuit from expensive winemakers aimed at inexpensive winemakers?

      1. The “study” that BeverageGrades conducted (and the so-called corroborating evidence from two other labs) has not been released to the public. The only way we know that there were two other labs is, wait for it, because BeverageGrades says so. CBS, before running the story ran arsenic tests on four of the 83 wines and found that the levels were far lower than BeverageGrades, but still chose to run the story. Why? Because “Arsenic in Wine” will go a lot further than “Nothing to See Here”.

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