Dark chocolate from Trader Joe's, Hershey has 'unsafe levels' of lead and cadmium, lawsuits say

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  • The Trader Joe’s Company and The Hershey Company are facing class-action lawsuits over the amount of lead and cadmium in some dark chocolate products.
  • The suits allege that the companies misled consumers by failing to disclose on packaging that the select dark chocolate products contain lead and cadmium.
  • The legal action follows a December report by Consumer Reports, which found that some dark chocolate made by Trader Joe’s and Hershey, among other brands, contained potentially harmful levels of the heavy metals.

Trader Joe’s is facing a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company misled and put consumers’ health at risk by failing to disclose on packaging that select dark chocolate products contain lead and cadmium.

The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday, comes one week after a similar class-action lawsuit was filed in the same court against The Hershey Company.

Both lawsuits follow a December 2022 report by Consumer Reports, where scientists measured the amount of heavy metals in 28 different chocolate bars. Cadmium and lead were detected in all of them. Twenty-three of those bars contained potentially harmful levels of the heavy metals for adults who eat one ounce a day, Consumer Reports said.

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