It’s been bothering me for a while that when I enter Trader Joe’s, there’s always a sign in front of the vinegar section that says there’s lead in their vinegar.
How did lead get into vinegar? Maybe it’s coming from the soil in the ground, but if it is from the ground then how come wine is fine while vinegar is not? I personally think it’s coming from the manufacturing processes. Since some vinegars have it, some don’t.
Well, instead of changing the process of how the vinegar is made, they simply avoided law suits by telling people, “Hey, there’s lead in our vinegar, you are warned! You can’t sue me now!”
Many of you probably already know this site with a list of approved vinegar, but I think it’s good to make a compilation anyway.
Bariani: lead-free and organic
O Olive Oil: 30 times lower lead content than the Prop. 65 standard (34 ppb) as stated on the website, actually certified to be 0.015 microgram/15 mL (1 ppb) (and maybe also organic?)
And this is how O Olive Oil changed their process to say good riddance to lead! http://www.ooliveoil.com/why_california_balsamic.php
I previously wrote O Olive Oil is lead-free, but in fact it contains 30 times lower lead than the Prop. 65 standard (Thanks to Brooke!)
I updated the information on the actual concentration of lead in O Olive Oil. I got a e-mail response from O Olive Oil. Since the level of lead is similar to environmental levels, O Olive Oil concluded that their source of lead is from natural sources (water, soil, etc.) and not from their brewing process.