Is your wine full of arsenic?

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A class action lawsuit has been filed in California Superior Court, accusing some of the country’s best selling wines of having dangerous levels of arsenic.

“This morning when I got up we placed the phone calls to our distributors who we buy the wine from and asked them some questions about the arsenic that was reported in the wines,” said Chuck Bowe, owner of Groton’s Grand Wine & Spirits.

A lab tested more than 1,300 bottles of wines for arsenic levels. It found of those, 83 turned up levels of arsenic up to five times the amount the EPA approves for water, but still only half of Canada’s standard for wine. Two more labs did their own tests and got the same results.

Still, not everyone is worried about wine.

“No not at all,” said Rebecca Smith of Groton. “I might do more research on the brands that I buy, but I will still buy wine.”

The lawsuit was filed Thursday and accuses winemakers of not warning people about the danger.

Nearly all the wines in the lawsuit sell for under $10, and it was mostly the white or blush varieties that had the higher arsenic levels.

Below is a list of the wines mentioned in the lawsuit:

  • Franzia
  • Menage a Trois
  • Sutter Home
  • Wine Cube
  • Charles Shaw
  • Glen Ellen
  • Cupcake
  • Beringer
  • Vendage

Lawyers say those wines are all produced in California and make up a large portion of the wine industry.

“I don’t have any information on a recall or anything like that that’s going to happen, and it may or may not happen, but I wouldn’t be over concerned at the moment,” said Bowe.

They most likely will remain there while other testing will possibly be done.

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