Deadly Wine is back on the Shelves

Picture of wine in glass

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently advised wine makers it’s withdrawing imposed lead restrictions immediately. In a 1991 Department of Treasury (DOT) Industry Circular guidelines were issued regarding wines found to contain lead. Wine Proprietors, Wholesalers, Importers and others were to abide and follow these rules. The Circular explained enforcement would be random but it would occur and perpetrators in violation of established norms would be fined and/or prosecuted.  Because of this DOT recommended wine producers and importers conduct their own testing to ensure conformance.

Fast forward to 2016, on the King County (KC) Government website, it lists many facts about lead in humans. In short the warning is “There is no safe level of lead” for human consumption. The MedlinePlus (government) and KC’s websites list harmful effects of lead and the locations where it can be found. Neither list includes wine because it “Tastes too good to be poisonous.” A few notable drinking politicians in KC have been observed stumbling around as if intoxicated. When confronted the two democrats said we’re trying to make America great again too.

More can be found at https://www.ttb.gov/industry_circulars/archives/17-1.shtml and at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ucm077878.htm and at https://www.ttb.gov/industry_circulars/archives/1991/91-11.html and at https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002473.htm and at http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/environmental-health/toxins-air-quality/arsenic-lead/about-lead.aspx