arsenic in wine

Should You Really Be Worried About Arsenic In Wine?

Do you drink wine? I thought so. Are you up in arms about the recent lawsuit claiming low priced California wines contain high levels of arsenic? Should you be worried? Or is this a story only gaining traction because so many of us drink wine out there? Wine or arsenic – which one is the devil?

Recent Lawsuit Claims Cheap California Wines Contain High Levels Of Arsenic

A recent lawsuit filed by four individual Southern California wine consumers is claiming that dozens of popular California wines. The allegations state that the wines listed in the lawsuit contain about twenty parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency currently considers our drinking water safe if it contains less than ten parts per billion of arsenic (The FDA has no current limit on acceptable arsenic levels – only the EPA with water recommendations). So in essence, the levels of arsenic in wine are double that of our drinking water (you should be drinking more water than alcohol anyway). The kicker to the lawsuit is that all the wines listed in the lawsuit are on average, ten dollars or less.

List Of Wines Cited In The Lawsuit

Acronym: GR8RW Red Blend
Almaden: Heritage White Zinfandel, Heritage Moscato, Heritage Chardonnay, Mountain Burgundy, Mountain Rhine, Mountain Chablis
Arrow Creek: Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Bandit: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bay Bridge: Chardonnay
Beringer: White Merlot, White Zinfandel, Red Moscato, Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
Charles Shaw: White Zinfandel
Colores Del Sol: Malbec
Glen Ellen By Concannon: Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio, Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot
Concannon: Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir
Cook’s: Spumonte
Corbett Canyon: Pinot Grigio, Cabarenet Sauvignon
Cupcake: Malbec
Fetzer: Moscato, Pinot Grigio
Fisheye: Pinot Grigio
Flip Flop: Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon
Foxhorn: White Zinfandel
Franzia: Vintner Select White Grenache, Vintner Select White Zinfandel, Vintner Select White Merlot, Vintner Select Burgundy
Hawkstone: Cabernet Sauvignon
HRM Rex Goliath: Moscato
Korbel: Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
Menage A Trois: Pinot Grigo, Moscato, White Blend, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, California Red Wine
Mogen David: Concord, Blackberry Wine
Oak Leave: White Zinfandel
Pomelo: Sauvignon Blanc
R Collection By Ramond: Chardonnay
Richards Wild Irish Rose: Red Wine
Simply Naked: Moscato
Smoking Loon: Viognier
Sutter Home: Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sweet Red, Riesling, White Merlot, Merlot, White Zinfandel

Is Arsenic In Wine Really That Big Of A Deal?

If you drink any of these wines, let’s consider some of these things before you go and get your panties in a bunch.

Possible Long Term Effects Of Arsenic Exposure

1. Skin Cancer
2. Lung Canncer
3. Bladder Cancer
4. Kidney Cancer
5. Skin thickening and pigmentation changes

Possible Long Term Effects Of Alcohol Intake

1. Diabetes
2. Stokes
3. Heart Attacks
4. Throat Cancer
5. Stomach Cancer
6. Pancreatitis (and Pancreas Cancer)
7. Liver Failure
8. Liver Cancer
9. Malnutrition
10. Seizures
11. Dementia
12. Immune System Compromise
13. Arthritis
14. Kidney Stones
15. Sexual Dysfunction
16. Osteoporosis
17. Skin disorders

I know people love their alcohol, but consider some of the above things before making arsenic out to be the devil in cheap, affordable wines.

Sources:

N.a. “List Of Wines Cited In Lawsuit As Having High Arsenic Levels.” ABC News/The Associated Press. 20 March 2015. Web. 22 March 2015.

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