Heavy Metals Found In Dark Chocolate, Including Hershey’s and Trader Joe’s

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Long viewed as healthier than other sweet treats, some kinds of dark chocolate contain potentially dangerous amounts of heavy metals, according to research released by Consumer Reports, CBS reports.

Scientists at the nonprofit advocacy organization recently measured the amount of heavy metals in 28 popular brands of dark chocolate bars and found cadmium and lead in all of them. For 23 of the bars, consuming just an ounce a day would put an adult over a level for at least one of the metals that could be harmful, CR said. Five of the bars were above those levels for both cadmium and lead.

CR found that an ounce of Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate contained lead 265% above what California allows, and Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 72% Cacao holding 192% more. A spokesperson for Hershey’s deferred to the National Confectioners Association for comment. In an emailed statement, the trade group objected to CR’s use of levels set by California, noting that the state does not set federal food safety standards.

“The products cited in this study are in compliance with strict quality and safety requirements,” a spokesperson for the group stated in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. “Food safety and product quality remain our highest priorities and we remain dedicated to being transparent and socially responsible.”



    • Have you noticed that not once have they blamed the quacksines for the millions of Sudden Death Syndrome. They always found excuses; existing sickness, too fat and climate change.

  1. Upon learning that some kinds of dark chocolate contain potentially dangerous amounts of heavy metals, one parent lamented to reporters: “This is ridiculous! I just ordered my son to dispose of all his heavy metal music CDs, and now I’ve got to order my son – an addicted chocoholic – to dispose of all his heavy metal chocolate?!!”

  2. Just over the last couple years, at least two people in my family get headaches from eating certain chocolate bars in Israel. Probably same thing going on in Israel as well, would be nice if someone tested kosher Israel chocolate too. I have no idea how to advocate for this but if anyone knows….

  3. Where in their process does the contamination come in? Raw materials? Equipment? Maybe the kashrus inspectors who monitor production could help find an answer.

    • It’s the wrapper. According to a little clip I recently watched of a certain (maybe all which is why they removed it all over) antibiotics that contained graphene oxide, a magnetic lethal chemical component, they found it in the plastic capsules.

  4. All vaccines have much higher amount of heavy metals which get injected in your bloodstream. I’m not saying the levels in chocolate is safe. But it’s a lot less and get digested instead of injected.

    • If you eat a bar a day you should be as protected as vaxines and daily chocolate boosters for utmost protection.

  5. is the heavy metal called graphene ? It is used to poison used in mrna injections from various manufactures by Fausi.


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