"The lower the price of wine on a per-liter basis, the higher the amount of arsenic."

  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2015 4:15 PM GMT
    Bad News for Those of You Who, Like Us, Drank Cheap Wine Each and Every Night of Your 20s


    http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/cheap-wine-might-contain-arsenic
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    Mar 21, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    Most of the bottled wine I buy is either from Germany or Italy, or for domestic whites from Washington State. I think a bar where I go serves flipflop Pinot Grigio that I sometimes drink, not sure if the year is 2012.

    But in any case I don't drink wine every day, which the article seems to state is the danger. In fact, I don't think we have a single wine bottle in the house right now, except some white cooking wine I add to the water when I poach breakfast eggs.

    So fortunately this wouldn't apply to me. And like many of these scares, I suspect will prove to be a false alarm.
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    Mar 26, 2015 1:58 AM GMT
    "The U.S. government does not set an allowable limit for arsenic in wine. But Canada's government does.

    The upper threshold, set by Health Canada, is 100 parts per billion, or ppb. And the limit set by OIV, a European intergovernmental wine organization, is even higher at 200 ppb.

    None of the California wines that were tested by BeverageGrades tested higher than 50 ppb, according to news reports. (Neither the company nor the lawyers have released the lab results.)

    And three-quarters of the bottles of the roughly 1,300 bottles of wine reportedly tested below 10 ppb, which is the EPA's allowable limit for arsenic in drinking water.

    Brown rice syrup, which can be high in arsenic, is sometimes used in vegan recipes like this caramel corn.
    THE SALT
    In Rice, How Much Arsenic Is Too Much?

    So, by Canadian standards, the levels of arsenic in the California wines that were tested are acceptable."

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/03/25/395091550/arsenic-in-california-wines-should-drinkers-be-concerned
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    Mar 27, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif Some methods of arsenic analysis can produce false-positive results from sulfides and sulfites. Which you find in cheap wine...
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    Mar 27, 2015 3:07 AM GMT
    I only drink Fireball shots and Patron Margaritas.

    Fuck the cheap shit. That gives you hangovers. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 27, 2015 4:57 AM GMT
    There was some stuff in the mini-marts in Spain that was like, 75 cents a liter. Came in plastic bags. I was never quite curious enough to taste it. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 27, 2015 11:40 AM GMT
    Not that I am a wine drinker, but I had worked at a job where wine reps would bring many bottles for me to taste for possible purchase into stock. (Usually limit myself to about 2 tablespoons a branded bottle). I know that cheap wine tastes awful, and eventually the customers don't even order it after a sample taste from a sommelier.