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Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?

by Taylor Burras
May 14, 2015

Taylor Burras' article, "Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?" was published in Law360 on May 14, 2015.

From the article...

"A class action was filed in California Superior Court on March 19, 2015, Doris Charles et al. v. The Wine Group Inc. et al., case no. BC576061, that has raised a number of questions about the extent to which arsenic should be permitted in commercially produced wine and what, if any, potential liability exists against those who produce or offer for sale arsenic-contaminated wines. Spoiler alert: There are no final answers for the hospitality industry, yet.

The California class action has spurred discussion nationwide, as well as at least one other class action, Laura Marvin et al., v. The Wine Group et al., case no. 3:15-cv-00176-JJB-SCR, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Both of these lawsuits stem from testing conducted by three independent laboratories, which found that many of the low-cost California wines produced by wineries named in these actions contained arsenic levels that were up to four to five times the maximum daily intake limit that the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency permits for drinking water."

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