Cheap wines may contain arsenic
There’s nothing wrong with drinking cheap wine, unless it contains toxic ingredients.
According to a report by CBS News, cheap bottles of wine may contain four to five times the maximum amount of arsenic than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows in drinking water.
Kevin Hicks of BeverageGrades, a Denver-based lab that analyzes wine, created BeverageGrades after working in wine business for 15 years. He wanted to test wine because there is no federal labeling requirements for wine, so consumers don’t really know what’s in it.
Hicks tested more than 1,300 bottles of wine. He found that about a quarter of them had higher levels of arsenic than than the EPA allows in drinking water, and that cheaper bottles seemed to have more.
“The lower the price of wine on a per-liter basis, the higher the amount of arsenic,” Hicks told CBS News.
Those bottles included popular, cheaper wines such as Trader Joe's Two-Buck Chuck White Zinfandel, Ménage à Trois Moscato and Franzia White Grenache.
Hicks presented his findings to various companies and did not received positive results. Now he’s filing a class action lawsuit in California accusing more than 20 winemakers and distributors of falsing representing their products as safe.
Read more at CBS News.