March 23rd, 2015| California is known as one of the top wine-producing states in our nation. So, it came as a shock to the California defective product attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers that around two dozen of the state’s wineries were named in a recent lawsuit claiming their wines contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is a known carcinogen. In other words, consumption of arsenic can result in a person developing any of a number of serious health conditions, including cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency places a limit of 10 parts per billion (PPB) on the amount of arsenic drinking water can contain. While this limit doesn’t apply to wine, researchers and experts used it as a safety guideline when considering the amount of arsenic in wines. They found some bottles contained up to 50 PPB of arsenic, or more than 500 percent more than is allowed in drinking water. According to CBS News, these findings prompted a lawsuit to be filed against Trader Joe’s (a grocery chain that carries many of the tainted wines) and roughly two-dozen California wineries that bottled the affected products. The suit claims the defendants failed to properly warn consumers of the dangers the wines potentially pose. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand the harm that consuming a tainted product can pose to consumers. That’s why our San Francisco personal injury attorneys are hopeful a decision in this particular case will bring a sense of closure to anyone who was affected by high levels of arsenic in wine they consumed.