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Lawsuit: Dangerous arsenic levels found in California wine

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The 83 bottles of wine cited in a lawsuit this week as having dangerously high levels of arsenic came from 28 California wineries and were bottled under 31 different brand labels. The 83 bottles of wine cited in a lawsuit this week as having dangerously high levels of arsenic came from 28 California wineries and were bottled under 31 different brand labels.
LOS ANGELES -

More than two dozen California vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain dangerously high levels of arsenic.

The industry group Wine Institute dismissed the allegations as "false and misleading."

The lawsuit names numerous low-priced wines, including popular brands such as Franzia, Mogen David and Almaden. The 83 bottles of wine named in the lawsuit are listed below. 

The lawsuit says tests by three independent laboratories found arsenic levels that in some cases were 500 percent higher than what's considered safe.

The complaint was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of three San Diego residents and a Los Angeles man. It seeks class-action status.

The plaintiffs want unspecified punitive damages and a stop to the production of arsenic-tainted wine.

The wines named in the lawsuit, according to The Associated Press include: 

- Acronym (GR8RW Red Blend).

- Almaden (Heritage White Zinfandel, Heritage Moscato, Heritage Chardonnay, Mountain Burgundy, Mountain Rhine, Mountain Chablis).

- Arrow Creek (Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon).

- Bandit (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon).

- Bay Bridge (Chardonnay).

- Beringer (White Merlot, White Zinfandel, Red Moscato, Refreshingly Sweet Moscato).

- Charles Shaw (White Zinfandel).

- Colores Del Sol (Malbec).

- Glen Ellen by Concannon (Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio, Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot).

- Concannon (Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir).

- Cook's (Spumante).

- Corbett Canyon (Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon).

- Cupcake (Malbec)

- Fetzer (Moscato, Pinot Grigio).

- Fisheye (Pinot Grigio).

- Flipflop (Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon).

- Foxhorn (White Zinfandel).

- Franzia (Vintner Select White Grenache, Vintner Select White Zinfandel, Vintner Select White Merlot, Vintner Select Burgundy).

- Hawkstone (Cabernet Sauvignon).

- HRM Rex Goliath (Moscato).

- Korbel (Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine).

- Menage A Trois (Pinot Grigo, Moscato, White Blend, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, California Red Wine).

- Mogen David (Concord, Blackberry Wine).

- Oak Leaf (White Zinfandel).

- Pomelo (Sauvignon Blanc).

- R Collection By Raymond (Chardonnay).

- Richards Wild Irish Rose (Red Wine).

- Seaglass (Sauvignon Blanc).

- Simply Naked (Moscato).

- Smoking Loon (Viognier).

- Sutter Home (Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sweet Red, Riesling, White Merlot, Merlot, White Zinfandel).


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