Lawsuit Claims Cheap Wine Has Higher Arsenic Level

March 21, 2015 12:31 PM

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On Thursday a lawsuit was filed against a series of California winemakers because of the high levels of arsenic found in the wine they produced. Some wines had arsenic levels up to 500% higher than the limit imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Brands such as Franzia White Grenache, Charles Shaw White Zinfandel and Menage a Trois Moscato were included on the list which totally consisted of 83 bottles of wine. The wines belong to 23 wineries from California. The wine was tested in three independent laboratories.

On Friday Gladys Horiuchi, a spokeswoman from the Institute, said there are no specific arsenic levels for wine in the US, although many countries have limits. She explained that vintages in California have never been close to exceeding those limits. In answer to the claim according to which some wi...

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