. Vite Vinifera De Vino's Blog: Heavy Metals Found In Most of European Wines

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Heavy Metals Found In Most of European Wines

Thanks to Eric Porres's Blog NY Grapes, I learned that a study of biomolecular scientists Declan P. Naughton, PhD, and Andrea Petroczi of the Kingston University in London indicates that there are hazardous concentration of heavy metals in wines coming from the old world. The good news are that Italian Brazilian and Argentinian wines are safe to drink. Here are the list of the countries with the worst THQ (target hazard quotients) score:

  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • France
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Czech Republic
  • Jordan
  • Macedonia
  • 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.

You can read the full article on MD Web HERE


D J R-S said...

Ciao, Gabrio--
seems Italy & Argentina are our growing future of wine.
But where are the various wines of the US, with so many geographical regions, appellations, styles & techinques in all this??

De Vino said...

Yes i was wondering as well why USA and Australia are not mentioned in the article...