No doubt, this made big news and was the lead story on many broadcasts when a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles by four California residents claiming many wines contain high levels of arsenic. It was even the subject for several blogs I read and a couple of friends I know in other states emailed me asking if it is true.
You know when this happens, there are many other people who drink wine wondering the same thing.
Evidently the group filing the lawsuit used a Denver lab to test arsenic levels in wines but were not very forthcoming and wouldn’t give the press the actual results from everything I have read. But it didn’t stop them from naming 28 California wineries as defendants in this suit. Some the better known names include Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck, Franzia, Mogen David, Almaden and Korbel. For the complete list of wines named in the lawsuit for allegedly having high levels of arsenic, go to KSBY.com.
You must under stand there are no standards for arsenic in wine in the United States. The EPA’s standard for arsenic in drinking water: 10 parts per billion. Canada has one for wine at 100 parts per billion and the International Organisation for Vine and Wine is 200 ppb. Canada reports it has tested more than 11,900 wines for arsenic levels, including 1,543 wines from California and found no problems.
Apparently, the class-action lawyers who filed the test didn’t test expensive wines, but big wine companies make better and more potentially lucrative targets.
Interestingly, CBS News tested four of the wines and the “levels were all considerably lower” than the Denver lab’s alleged results.
One of the wines listed was Don Sebastiani & Sons’ Smoking Loon 2011 California Viognier. The company says that independent tests didn’t find elevated levels and questions the testing methods and protocols of the lab that did the tests.
In conclusion, all I can say this, when it quacks and walks like a duck…… Maybe this is why attorneys have such a low approval rating. If I remember right it is around 20%, just below Congress. My two cents, it all about the money. cheers cvc