One of the world’s biggest chocolate makers is suing dark chocolate for ‘high levels of lead and cadmium’.

According to Reuters, US company Hershey, one of the world’s largest chocolate makers, has been sued by consumers for selling dark chocolate containing harmful levels of lead and cadmium.

Dark chocolatePhoto: Dreamstime.com

In a class action filed Wednesday, Christopher LaSazzaro alleges that Hershey’s Specialty Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lilly’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lilly’s Extreme Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa would not have been purchased at lower prices if Hershey had disclosed the presence of metals. These products. Hershey declined to comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Central Islip, New York.

LaSazzaro, who lives in Nassau County, New York, sued the company two weeks after Consumer Reports revealed the results of scientific tests for lead and cadmium in 28 dark chocolate bars. Although all 28 chocolates contained heavy metals, 23 chocolates, including Dove, Godiva, Lindt and Trader Joe’s chocolates, contained harmful levels of lead, cadmium, or both in a few tens of grams of chocolate, according to the paper. per day.

Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate and 70% of Lilly’s chocolate were high in lead, and 85% of Lilly’s was high in lead and cadmium, according to Reuters.

The suit seeks at least $5 million in damages under New York law, including at least $500 per transaction.

In June 2021, Hershey acquired Lilly for $425 million. (Source: News.ro / Photo: Dreamstime.com)

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