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March 20, 2015

Suit claims many California wines contain poisonous arsenic

Menage a Trois, Sutter Home, Cupcake named

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Several popular, inexpensive California wines knowingly contain harmful poisonous arsenic, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles.

Twenty-eight California wineries are named in the lawsuit, including Menage a Trois, Sutter Home, Wine Cube, Charles Shaw, Beringer and Cupcake, according to

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.

The plantiffs in the case claim the winery owners “produce and market wines that contain dangerously high levels of inorganic arsenic, in some cases up to 500 percent or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order directing the wineries to correct the alleged poor practices.

Read the full article here.