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Some balsamic vinegars a lead hazard

Posted Nov 09 2009 12:00am

First the good news:

According to Environment Health News

“These vinegars do not violate California’s Prop. 65 limits for lead. All were tested by the supplier in 2007, except for Archer Farms, which was tested in 2009:

Barengo Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Acetum Star B Quality Two Leaves Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Best Choice Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Big Y Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Excellence Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Holland House Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Nakano Seasoned Rice Wine Balsamic Blend Vinegar, 4 percent acidity Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 per acidity
Albertson’s Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Fancifood Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Great Value Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Safeway Select Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Holland House Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Four Monks Domestic Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
S & W Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Acetum 4 Star Quality Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent
Wegmans Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Western Family Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Best Choice Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Barengo Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Albertson’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Shaw’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Nakano Italian Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
FSA Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Katy’s Kitchen Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Pocahontas Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Sysco Classic Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
US Foodservice Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Nugget Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
Barengo Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
FSA Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 percent acidity
Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 10 percent acidity
Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
Four Monks Premium Burgundy Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
Regina Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Regina Imported Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
Unbranded industrial/bulk product Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
Unbranded industrial/bulk product Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
Archer Farms Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Source: Environmental Law Foundation”

 

Now the bad news:  other balsamic and red wine vinegars not on that list may have unsafe levels of lead.  Vinegars were tested in 2007 and 2009 as part of a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Law Foundation against suppliers and retailers of the vinegars they tested in 2002 which contained lead in excess of standards set in California as part of Prop 65.

 

More good news, according to the article:   “White vinegars and vinegars made from rice, raspberries or figs didn’t have lead levels that would trigger warnings.”

 

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