Drink Any of These Calif. Wines? They Contain Poisonous Arsenic, Class-Action Suit Alleges
Suit alleges winemakers knowingly sell arsenic-contaminated wines such as Menage a Trois, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Charles Shaw, and Beringer
2020欧洲杯赛事Many popular, inexpensive brands of wine made and distributed in California contain illegal and dangerously high levels of poisonous inorganic arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles.
Plaintiffs Doris Charles, Alvin Jones, Jason Peltier and Jennifer Peltier allege in their proposed class-action Los Angeles Superior Court complaint that dozens of wineries are violating state law by knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic contaminated wine and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger. The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order directing the wineries to correct the alleged poor practices.
2020欧洲杯赛事Court documents allege three separate testing laboratories confirmed the 28 wineries are producing wines with high levels of the toxin.
2020欧洲杯赛事"However, three separate testing laboratories skilled in arsenic testing have now independently confirmed that several California wineries (including those named as Defendants in this action) instead 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 complaint states. "Put differently, just a glass or two of these arsenic-contaminated wines a day over time could result in dangerous arsenic toxicity to the consumer."
Some of the popular wine brands named in the lawsuit include Franzia, Menage a 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.
"These wineries have long known about the serious health risks their products pose to customers," plaintiffs' attorney Brian Kabateck said. "Yet instead of reducing the exposure to acceptable levels, the defendants recklessly engage in a pattern and practice of selling arsenic-tainted wine to California consumers."
In response to questions about the suit, that "...the concerns raised in your inquiry are serious and are being treated as such. We are investigating the matter with several of our wine producing suppliers."
2020欧洲杯赛事Treasury Wine Estates representatives told the news agency that their "...brands are fully compliant with all relevant federal and state guidelines..."
Arsenic is an odorless, colorless and highly toxic poison known to cause illness and death when ingested. Some of the long-term health effects of arsenic exposure include various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, medical experts say.
– City News Service contributed to this report. (Image via Shutterstock)
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