Safe Metal Levels in Wines From Italy, Brazil, Argentina

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Safe Metal Levels in Wines From Italy, Brazil, Argentina Wines from three of the 15 nations studied had safe levels of heavy metals: Italy, Brazil, and Argentina.
Based on the maximum THQs for wines from each nation, here's the list of the worst offenders:
a.. Hungary b.. Slovakia c.. France d.. Austria e.. Spain f.. Germany g.. Portugal h.. Greece i.. Czech Republic j.. Jordan k.. Macedonia l.. Serbia Hungary and Slovakia had maximum potential THQ values over 350. France, Austria, Spain, Germany, and Portugal -- nations that import large quantities of wine to the U.S. -- had maximum potential THQ values over 100.
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Anders wrote on Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:55:45 +0200:
Justified grammatical quibbles aside :-), I think I will be staying away from Old World Wines. You can do very well and save a lot of money by drinking US, Argentinian, Chilean, New Zealand and Australian wines.
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And South Africa too? Have had 3 different the last 5 days. Anders
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On Oct 26, 4:42=A0pm, "James Silverton" wrote:
Not exactly a study that merits any decision making. If article below is correct, they studied 16 wines- one from each country, with no clue how wine was chosen. As noted, they used a standard developed for seafood, which may or may not be applicable to wine. As since they didn't test US, Chilean, NZ, or Australia, using this study to determine where to drink from is a bit ....um....speculative,.
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Heavy metals can become a long term health risk if one drinks wine every day, so it is safer and wise to skip the worse offenders. B.M.
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Borg Master
Water contains heavy metals too.
In logic this post constitutes a hasty generalisation. The fact that one bottle from Hungary is higher in metals, does NOT imply that hungarian wine is dangerous.
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But feel free to send all your bottles of Tokaji Aszu, preferably 6 putts and up, to me for careful... er... analysis. :)
Mark Lipton (getting to the Eszencia of the problem)
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But how are you determining worst offenders? From this report ( published in an "online journal", not sure if peer reviewed) There's no clue WHAT wines were studied. Maybe one wine from Italy is free, but another loaded. And since the study totally ignored US, NZ, Au, are you making assumption they're somehow free- without any results?
The article I quoted had comments from someone who actually tests wine for metals for the LCBO:
"We buy wines from Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, as well as the usual suspects from the Old World=97France, Italy, Greece," said Soleas, who has degrees in clinical biochemistry and enology. "We buy from 68 countries, and rarely find dangerously high levels of metals. Maybe if we find arsenic with lead, then it's due to the use of the two in combination in the 1980s and '90s when it was an approved fungicide. You still get remnants of it, but it hasn't been used for 10 to 15 years. It's rare and we reject it."
Soleas said he found the study results to be "wishy-washy" based on his experience testing wines for heavy metals and expressed disappointment in both the way the results were published and the extended coverage in the press. The levels of heavy metals the scientists found, he added, are actually lower than what is allowable in tested water reservoirs across the western world.
"Drinking water is sometimes higher in metals than these wines," Soleas said. "I'm not trying to minimize the fact that contaminants get into wine, but they are targeting the wrong contaminants. Most people will drink two glass of wine a night, but eight glasses of water per day, and if they take a multivitamin tablet they get two milligrams of manganese on top of that, so how is the metal obtained from wine going to kill anyone?"
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This is why I still love reading AFW. So many folks with a real passion for and the skills set to debunk myths and innuendo.
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~This is why I still love reading AFW. So many folks with a real ~passion for and the skills set to debunk myths and innuendo.
I say it's still worth considering, it's the accumulative effect over many years that can cause the problems. Parkinson's disease, cancer, etc.
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"If you buy a bottle of wine, the only thing it tells you on the label is the amount of alcohol. I like the idea of labeling wines with the amounts of heavy metals they contain. Many wines don't have these metals. So let customers vote by choice whether they want the heavy metals", Naughton said to WebMD."
So if a country has a lower contamination rate its seems sensible to purchase wines overall from those countries.
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And sensibly...."Professor Declan Naughton, co-author of the report, called for consumers to be made aware of the risks. ‘Levels of metal ions should appear on wine labels,’ he said, ‘along with the introduction of further steps to remove key hazardous metal ions during wine production." Wise move!
B.M.
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