Safety and quality of some wines are questioned

Re-blog from Montreal Gazette.

Montreal Gazette

The emails haven’t stopped coming in.

Two stories made the rounds a few weeks ago that got many people questioning both the quality and safety of the wine they are drinking. Misinformation is a bad thing.

So to set the record straight, here are the two stories in question.

The arsenic lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in California against some wineries for having “high” arsenic levels in their wines. Some of these wines are available in Quebec, including huge-selling wines by Menage A Trois, Sutter Home, Beringer and Fetzer.

While the idea of drinking wines with arsenic in them isn’t very appealing, the levels found in these wines are well within Canadian allowances. Maximum allowed arsenic levels in drinking water is 10 parts per billion (ppb), but in wine it’s 100 ppb. I imagine the assumption is that we drink much less wine than water, so more is allowed in wine.

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