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Bombshell! Are You Eating Toxic Chocolate? Cadmium & Lead Found in Chocolate From Sees, Trader Joes, Hershey & Others! 

Are You Eating Toxic Chocolate? Lead Found in

Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s and Other Chocolates

Mar. 26, 2016 12:40PM EST

Consumer health watchdog As You Sow released results Wednesday showing that 35 of 50 chocolate

products tested, including chocolate bunnies and eggs, expose consumers to lead and cadmium above

levels set by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

Testing commissioned by As You Sow, and conducted at independent laboratories, indicates that the

chocolate products contain lead and/or cadmium, and they fail to provide the legally required warning

to consumers.

“Lead exposure is associated with neurological impairment, such as learning disabilities and decreased

IQ, even at very low levels. In fact, there is no safe level of lead for children,” said Eleanne van Vliet,

MPH, As You Sow’s environmental health consultant.

As You Sow has filed legal notices against chocolate 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 failure to warn of lead and/or cadmium in

their chocolate products.

“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 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.”..

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