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Drink Any of These Calif. Wines? They Contain Poisonous Arsenic, Class

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Drink Any of These Calif. Wines? They Contain Poisonous Arsenic, Class-Action Suit Alleges

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.

Court documents allege three separate testing laboratories confirmed the 28 wineries are producing wines with high levels of the toxin.

“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.

Read the full list of wines cited in the lawsuit here.

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.”

What Trader Joe’s Has to Say: “No Reason to Believe The Wines We Offer Are Unsafe”

In response to questions about the suit, representatives for Trader Joe‘s-- which sells the popular Charles Shaw wine known as “two buck Chuck”-- told CBS News 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.”

More: Arsenic-Tainted Wine -- Overkill or a Real Killer?

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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