Unfounded litigation that attempted to raise questions about the safety of some California wines has been dismissed. The court found no legal basis for any arsenic claim. The lawsuit’s allegations were patently false.
So please – pour a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!
- FACT: The lawsuit alleging that some California wines were unsafe was baseless and dismissed by the court. Get the facts.
- FACT: Air, soil, water & food all contain trace amounts of arsenic. Read the science.
- FACT: Wine in the U.S. is regularly tested by the federal government & poses no health risk. See the data.
- FACT: Wines sold in the U.S. are safe to consume. Learn the truth.
Arsenic occurs naturally in air, soil, water and food.
As an agricultural product, wines from around the world contain trace amounts of arsenic as do fruits, vegetables, grains, water, juice and other beverages. This is nothing new.
Wines sold in the U.S. are regularly tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau as well as the European Union and Canadian government and are well below established limits for arsenic. The trace levels of arsenic found in wines from all over the world pose no health risk to consumers.
*The U.S. Dietary Guidelines consider moderate consumption to be up to one 5 oz. glass of wine per day for women and two 5 oz. glasses of wine per day for men.
“People drink far more water than they do wine over their lifetimes, and they start drinking water earlier in life.”
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
California wines are safe to drink. The dismissed lawsuit alleging unsafe arsenic levels in certain wines was financially-motivated and shown to be entirely false. The claims were not supported by science.
“At the levels that we find arsenic in wine, this is not a health concern at all. Beverages constitute only about 5% of our total exposure to arsenic and the contribution from wine in that 5% is also very low.”
Dr. Carl K. Winter
University of California at Davis
Safe to Drink
Wines in the U.S. are safe to consume. Air, soil, water and food including fruits, vegetables, grains, juice, wine and other beverages all contain trace amounts of arsenic. This is nothing new.
Experts Weigh In
Wines and other foods and beverages from all over the world contain trace levels of arsenic that pose no health risk to consumers.
The lawsuit alleging that some California wines were unsafe was simply untrue, not supported by science and dismissed by the court.