Once leaded paint and gasoline were eliminated, it appeared that consumers, especially children and the unborn, would be safe from this toxic material.

But now not only lead, but also arsenic, have been found in brands of vinegars sold in popular grocery stores.  They have been detected in both balsamic vinegar and glazes made from the vinegar.  The research was conducted by the advocacy groups Food & Water Watch and Rochester-based Empire State Consumer Project.  They report:

“The tests found high levels of arsenic and lead in brands like Great Value (Walmart) Balsamic Vinegar, Rachel Ray Balsamic Reduction, Colavita Balsamic Vinegar, Wegmans Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Alessi Balsamic Reduction. All tested products found to be contaminated are sold through retailers like Walmart, Target and Wegmans.”

All the brands were imported from Italy, Greece or Spain.

Both lead and arsenic can have devastating effects on many systems of the body including behavior and learning problems in children.

The advocacy groups have asked the Food and Drug Administration to take action.