SCW Statement on Arsenic

SCW Statement on Arsenic

March 27, 2015 -- Recently, a lawsuit generated media coverage with some sensational headlines alleging that some California wines contained high-levels of arsenic.  The force behind the lawsuit is a private laboratory owner who issued his own press release the very day the story broke offering his lab’s services to test wine for concerned grocers and winemakers.  Rest assured, the wine produced by our winegrape farmers and winemakers in Sonoma County is safe.  Arsenic is a naturally-occurring element which is prevalent in the air, soil and water and, in tiny amounts, is a necessary mineral for health.  As an agricultural product, wines from throughout the world contain trace amounts of arsenic as do juices, vegetables, grains and more.  Clearly, the mere presence does not create a risk and the levels cited in the lawsuit were far below accepted limits in several countries including Canada, the EU, and Japan.  You can buy wines from Sonoma County with confidence knowing that our wines conform to all applicable federal, state and global food regulations to ensure they are safe to enjoy.

For more information about this topic, visit Wine Institute's website for their Statement and Fact Sheet about arsenic.