Lawsuit filed over high arsenic levels in low-priced wines

Lawsuit filed over high arsenic levels in low-priced wines

(WVUE/FOX) - More than two dozen California wineries face a class-action lawsuit for wines containing too much arsenic.

The wines are mostly, but not exclusively whites, and are generally cheap.

Most of them sell for less than $10 a bottle.

Arsenic is a naturally occurring organic compound, but elevated levels of it in the body are known to cause cancer and other health problems.

Representing wine makers in California, The Wine Institute responded to the lawsuit in writing, saying, "although we are not privy to the contents of the litigation, we believe this allegation is false and misleading and that all wines being sold in the U.S. marketplace are safe."

Some of the popular wine brands named in the lawsuit include: 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. For the full list, click here.

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