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.

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 THE DISMISSED LAWSUIT WAS 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.

The dismissed lawsuit
in a word:
Baseless

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

To Recap

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Irresponsible Litigation

    The lawsuit alleging that some California wines were unsafe was simply untrue, not supported by science and dismissed by the court.

Headlines

Arsenic Case Against US Wineries Thrown Out

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California Court Dismisses Arsenic Lawsuit Against Wineries

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Turning Wine Into Water and Creating Fear Out of Nothing

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Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?

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