• Elevated Arsenic Levels Discovered in Low Cost Wine

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LOS ANGELES, CA— Many popular, low priced, brands of wine contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed March 19, 2015 in California Superior Court.
The suit claims dozens of wineries are violating California state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic contaminated wine and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger.
The 28 California defendant wineries “produce and market wines that contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic, in some cases up to 500% or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit,” the lawsuit says.
Some of the popular wine brands named in the lawsuit include Franzia, Ménage à Trois, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Charles Shaw, Glen Ellen, Cupcake, Beringer and Vendage. The wines named in the lawsuit are primarily inexpensive white or blush varietals including Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. 
The arsenic testing referenced in the lawsuit was conducted by BeverageGrades, an independent Denver, Colorado lab. Their results were confirmed by two additional labs. BeverageGrades tested 1306 different types of wine and found 83 showed dangerously elevated levels, according to the suit.
The defendants, “produce and market wines that contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic, in some cases up to 500% or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit,” the lawsuit says. Medical experts say the risks of arsenic exposure include cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular ailments.
The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of California consumers who purchased the wines in the last four years.
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