Chocolate maker Hershey has filed a lawsuit in the US over claims that the company is selling products with harmful levels of metals.
A lawsuit filed by Christopher Lazazzaro alleges that the company misled consumers by not disclosing the amount of lead and cadmium in three dark chocolate bars. He said he would not have bought the products if he had known.
Hershey’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and low sugar levels in dark chocolate may help prevent heart disease.
But the case points to a new study by US Consumer Reports (CR) magazine, which tested 28 dark chocolate bars for lead and cadmium. The magazine alleged that 23 of them, including chocolates from Hershey, Godiva and Lindt, contained “high levels” of metals.
“For 23 of the bars, eating just one ounce (28g) per day will make an adult more than the level that public health officials and CR experts believe can damage at least one of the metals that a. In particular, Hershey’s Special Dark bar and Lily’s 70% bar are high in lead, while Lily’s 85% bar is high in lead and cadmium.
“Any food can contain heavy metals if they are in the soil in large quantities,” nutritionist Sheeba Majmudar told the BBC. “Currently, there is no food law that says that all batches of food must be tested – until they make you sick. Although there is no level of toxicity that is good, it is always ‘ ‘buyer beware’ comes to mind,” he added. 카지노사이트 The case of Mr. Lazazzaro, filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday, says he did not buy or want to pay less for Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extreme bars. Dark chocolate.
Hershey bought Lily’s Low Candy last June, calling it “a great addition to Hershey’s growing portfolio of healthy snack brands.” “Consumers rely on [Hershey] to be honest about food,” the lawsuit argues.
He adds that ‘people are concerned about what’s in the food they’re putting into their bodies’, while parents and carers ‘are concerned about what they’re feeding their children’ them. ” Mr Lazazzaro is seeking at least $5m (£4.2m) in damages from Hershey in the proposed class action.
Lawyers for Hershey and Mr Lazazzaro did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.