Unfounded litigation has raised questions about the safety of some California wines. We’re here to set the record straight. The arsenic lawsuit is baseless and the allegations are patently false.

California wines are safe to consume. So please – pour a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!

  • FACT: The lawsuit alleging that some California wines are unsafe is baseless. 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: All wines sold in the U.S. are safe to consume. Learn the truth.

All wines in the U.S. are safe to consume

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.

Experts Weigh In: “ARSENIC IN WINE DOES NOT POSE A HEALTH RISK”

Water Does Not Equal Wine

THE BASIS FOR THIS LAWSUIT IS THAT WATER AND WINE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME LIMITS FOR ARSENIC, BUT THAT’S WRONG

A person would need to consume up to 13.5 glasses (nearly 3 bottles) of wine a day to approach the level of arsenic consumption the EPA considers safe for water.*

“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

*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.

This lawsuit
in a word:
Baseless

California wines are safe to drink. The lawsuit alleging unsafe arsenic levels in certain wines is financially-motivated and entirely false. The claims are 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

To Recap

  1. Safe to Drink

    All 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.

  2. Experts Weigh In

    Wines from all over the world contain trace levels of arsenic that pose no health risk to consumers.

  3. Irresponsible Litigation

    The lawsuit alleging that some California wines are unsafe is simply untrue and is not supported by science.

Headlines

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Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?

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