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Surprise — 35 out of 50 Chocolate Bars Tested (Some Organic!) Contained Lead and/or Cadmium

Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 5 Comments

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Source: As You Sow

If you have a sweet tooth, you may have read studies talking about the health benefits associated with eating moderate amounts of chocolate. But our research has found a potential health risk in popular chocolate products that’s been flying under the radar – some chocolate contains toxic metals like lead and cadmium.

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As You Sow has conducted independent laboratory testing of 50 chocolate products for lead and cadmium. We found that 35 of the chocolate products contain lead and/or cadmium. Many of those chocolates had levels of lead and/or cadmium above the safe harbor threshold of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). Based on these results, we have filed notices with 18 manufacturers, including Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Green and Black’s, Lindt, Whole Foods, Kroger, Godiva, See’s Candies, Mars, Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange,  Ghirardelli, Earth Circle Organics, and more, for failing to provide the legally required warning to consumers that the products contain cadmium or lead, or both.

No level of lead is safe for children. Lead exposure has been a significant public health issue for decades. Lead is linked to a variety of neurological impairments, including learning disabilities, seizures, and a lower IQ. Developing fetuses and children are especially vulnerable to lead exposure because their brains are in critical growth and development stages.

“As underscored by the Flint disaster, humans have contaminated our environment with lead, and now we must do everything in our power to protect ourselves and our children, who are the most vulnerable of us, from every possible exposure,” said Sean Palfrey, MD,  a pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine. “Young children and pregnant women especially should avoid exposure to lead.”

Related Article: U.S. Lead Problem is Worse Than We Thought: Tests Show 18 Cities Have More Lead than Flint

Cadmium can cause damage to the kidney, liver, and bones, while also impairing neurobehavioral development. Lead and cadmium are both listed under the act as reproductive toxins.


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  1.' Raines Tami says:

    Whhaattt! Not chocolate.

  2.' Terry A Mitchell says:

    So, what’s left that IS Safe????

  3.' Faith Dreher says:

    You just ruined my life LOL

  4.' Warren Gene Gilfus says:

    These two places are a rip off but some of these health nuts are doing more harm than good to themselves! Might just as well have a snickers candy bar!

  5.' Joy Quinn Blum says:

    I’d say this study is pure fiction! Look at the “acceptable” brands at the very bottom of the list! All junk chocolates that a health-conscious person wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole! No foods on the planet are free of some “poisons” today! I say eat & enjoy your chocolates – in moderation, of course!

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