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Cardno ChemRisk Scientists Publish Paper on Lead in Wine

Posted on behalf of the authors, Lindsey Garnick and Kevin Towle

Cardno ChemRisk scientists recently published a human health risk assessment of lead (Pb) ingestion to adult wine drinkers.  Recently, it has been reported that wine samples contain detectable levels of heavy metals, including Pb. The presence of Pb in wine is believed to arise from soil composition, industrial emissions, fertilizers, and winery equipment. The goal of this study was to determine if Pb intake poses a health risk among adult consumers of wine. Cardno ChemRisk scientists performed a literature review of studies reporting Pb concentration in United States and international wines, determined adult wine consumption rates in the United States using NHANES dietary survey data, utilized the U.S. EPA’s Adult Lead Methodology (ALM) model to estimate adult blood lead levels (BLLs) from wine consumption under various exposure scenarios, and compared modeled BLLs to guidance values. According to our results, all modeled BLLs were below the Center for Disease Control (CDC) BLL guidance value of 5 μg/dL.


Overall, our findings suggest that Pb content in wine does not pose a health risk to adult wine consumers.

The full article can be found here.

 

If you have further questions, please reach out to Kevin Towle.

 

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Ms. Melanie Nembhard is an Associate Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in the San Francisco, CA office. She earned her MSPH in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds two certificates from Johns Hopkins, the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate and the Population and Health Certificate. Ms. Nembhard’s principal areas of training and expertise include industrial hygiene and risk assessment. Since joining Cardno ChemRisk, she has provided litigation support for cases related to asbestos, benzene, butadiene, diacetyl, worker safety, welding, sunscreen, dermal exposures to various chemicals, and inhalation irritants. Additionally, she has participated in baseline exposure assessments at multiple oil refineries regarding occupational and environmental exposures to various chemical and physical agents, including particulates, volatile organic compounds, and noise.