The last thing you want in your chocolate bar is a whole bunch of lead, but that’s what one man says is the case.
More specifically, the individual has filed a class-action lawsuit against Hershey, alleging that its dark chocolate contained dangerous heavy metals.
The suit was filed by Christopher Lazazzaro and first reported by Reuters. It alleged that the metals found in Hershey’s dark chocolate posed a “serious health risk.” The suit is seeking $5 million in damages.
According to Lazazzaro, Hershey’s failed to identify the lead and cadmium as ingredients used in the following sweets — Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa, and Lily’s Extremely Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa.
Consumer Reports have reported that lead and cadmium can indeed be found in dark chocolates and offering more than is suggested on a daily basis.
Sorry, Hershey Fans!
“Research has found that some dark chocolate bars contain cadmium and lead — two heavy metals linked to a host of health problems in children and adults,” per Consumer Reports.
“The chocolate industry has been grappling with ways to lower those levels. To see how much of a risk these favorite treats pose, Consumer Reports scientists recently measured the amount of heavy metals in 28 dark chocolate bars. They detected cadmium and lead in all of them.”
Not all of the bars used in the Consumer Reports study were Hershey products. But some were. And not all were high in lead and cadmium. Several were actually low, in fact.
“That shows it’s possible for companies to make products with lower amounts of heavy metals—and for consumers to find safer products that they enjoy,” said Tunde Akinleye, the CR food safety researcher who led the testing project.
Officially, the case is Lazazzaro v Hershey Co, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 22-07923.