Study finds arsenic in many US wines

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Study Finds Arsenic In Many US Wines

Denise Wilson, a professor at the University of Washington, recently conducted studies concerning arsenic levels in some foods and beverages. One surprising place she found the toxin was in American wine.

She specifically tested the offerings from vineyards located in the top wine producing regions of the US, which include California, Oregon, Washington, and New York.

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A University of Washington press release notes, "The study looked at red wines, except from two areas in Washington where only white wines were produced, because they are made with the skin of grapes where arsenic that is absorbed from soil tends to concentrate."

Among the 65 wines examined, Wilson learned most contained arsenic levels that exceeded the maximum quantity allowed in drinking water.

That limit is set at 10 parts per billion.

Wines studied all contained concentrations of at least that much, with some testing as high as 76 parts per billion.

Types of wine that have been tainted with high arsenic levels:
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Study finds arsenic in many US wines

A lawsuit filed on March 19, is claiming that many popular low cost wines contain a dangerous amount of inorganic arsenic. The wineries that are producing the wines have knowingly created them with 500% or more than the allowed safe amount of the chemical. The following site, has a copy of the complaint and other information pertaining to the lawsuit. 

The following brands and types of wines  are listed as containing the dangerous chemical:

Acronym, Gr8Rw Red Blend 

Almaden, Heritage White Zinfandel, Heritage Moscato, Heritage Chardonnay, Mountain Burgundy, Mountain Rhine & Mountain Chablis

Arrow Creek: Coastal 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: Spumante

Corbett Canyon: Pinot Grigio & Cabernet Sauvignon

Cupcake: Malbec

Fetzer: Moscato & Pinot Grigio

Fisheye: Pinot Grigio

FlipFlop: 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 Grigio, Moscato, White Blend, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon & California Red Wine

Mogen David: Concord & Blackberry Wine

Oak Leaf: White Zinfandel

Pomelo: Sauvignon Blanc

R Collection by Raymond: Chardonnay 

Richards Wild Irish Rose: Red Wine

Seaglass: Sauvignon Blanc

Simply Naked: Moscato

Smoking Loon: Viognier

Sutter Home: Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc, Sweet Red, Riesling, White Merlot, Merlot, White Zinfandel & Zinfandel

Trapiche: Malbec

Tribuno: Sweet Vermouth

Vendange: Merlot & White Zinfandel

Wine Cube: Moscato, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Red Sangria, Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz


Photo: Chris Weeks Via Getty Images

Charles Shaw aka Two Buck Chuck

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Charles Shaw

Photo: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Sutter Home 

Photo: Neilson Barnard via Getty Images


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Korbel Sparkling Wine

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Beringer White Zinfandel 

Photo: rbglasson/Flickr

Fetzer Moscato

Photo: nate_lawson/Flickr


Overall, Washington's ranked the highest in arsenic content, while Oregon's came in with the lowest readings.

Rather than going into a state of panic, Wilson advises people simply look at their overall potential arsenic intake.

Alone, moderate wine consumption presents little risk, but that situation can change if other common sources of the toxin figure prominently in diets as well.

Those items include seafood, apple juice, and cereal bars.

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