If you drink wine from Menage a Trois, Wine Cube, Sutter Home, Beringer, or Charles Shaw, you may want to reconsider. A recent lawsuit that was filed in Los Angeles claims that they are knowingly selling wines which contain dangerously high levels of arsenic.
The plaintiffs are Doris Charles, Jason and Jennifer Peltier, and Alvin Jones. In the class-action complaint that they have filed, they are claiming that these wineries have violated state law as they knowingly produce, market, and sell contaminated wine without warning consumers that there is a potential danger. The damages being sought have not been specified, but they are also demanding a court order that would require the wineries to change their practices.
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“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.”
They have submitted court documents that state that three different laboratories have confirmed that these 28 wineries are in fact producing wines contaminated with arsenic. In addition to the brands listed above, Franzia, Glen Ellen, Vendage, and Cupcake have also been listed in the lawsuit. Most of the wines that have been names are inexpensive blush and white varieties like Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.
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