Lawsuit: Popular, low-cost wines contain high levels of arsenic

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CALIFORNIA — A class action lawsuit filed Thursday claims some of the top-selling, low-cost wines produced by dozens of wineries in California contain very high levels of arsenic.

KCAL reports the complaint alleges 28 different wineries, which produce brands like Sutter Home, Cupcake, Charles Shaw, Franzia and Beringer, have high levels of arsenic but aren’t warning the public about the dangers. The suit alleges that in some cases, wineries produce wine with “up to 500 percent or more than what’s considered the maximum acceptable daily intake limit.”

The wines named in the lawsuit are mostly low-end white or blush wines that cost less than $10.

The suit specifically names wines like Franzia White Grenache, Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck White Zinfanedl and Menage a Trois Moscato, claiming they contain between three and five times the amount of arsenic the EPA allows in drinking water.

The wines were tested for arsenic by BeverageGrades lab, which looked at more than 1,300 wines. Nearly 83 had high levels of arsenic, according to the lawsuit.

Arsenic is a carcinogen that can lead to serious health problems. The lawyer filing the suit said his goal is to get the wines recalled.

For more information on the lawsuit, including the complaint, click here.

For wines BeverageGrades tested, along with wines it says are “clean,” click here.

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