Locals uncork arsenic in wine lawsuit

March 21, 2015 1:00 PM

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You might want to think twice before you reach for that bottle of cheap wine. Dozens of low-priced California wines sold under such labels as Charles “Two Buck Chuck” Shaw, Sutter Home and Ménage à Trois, contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed by four plaintiffs, including three from San Diego.

The complaint, which seeks class-action status and lists as defendants 28 California wineries, said tests by three independent laboratories found that in some cases arsenic levels were 500 percent higher than what’s considered safe.

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