Hershey sued by New York man over ‘unsafe’ levels of metal in chocolate

We missed this in the Guardian at the end of December.. it’s worth highlighting…. and btw i’ve never understood the link between Hershey’s and chocolate, who actually decided those two words should go together

Christopher Lazazzaro alleges mass-market chocolatier failed to reveal lead and cadmium in dark chocolate products to consumers

A lawsuit filed in New York state alleges that the confectionary giant Hershey “fails to disclose” that some of its chocolate products “contain unsafe levels of lead and cadmium”.

A New York man, Christopher Lazazzaro, filed the suit in Long Island federal court on 28 December. The suit against the mass-market chocolatier, which in 1988 acquired the license to produce Cadbury products in the US, seeks class-action status.

The suit came two weeks after Consumer Reports published an article claiming some Hershey dark chocolate products exceeded California standards for the maximum allowable dose level (MADL) for lead and cadmium.

There are no federal lead and cadmium limits for most foods. Consumer Reports scientists used California standards, as they deemed them “the most protective available”. The report said lead content in the Hershey Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate bar exceeded the California MADL.

The lawsuit filed in New York cites other Hershey items highlighted in the Consumer Reports exposé, including Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extremely Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa.

Read more at  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/30/hershey-sued-lead-cadmium-chocolate-new-york


Also…. this article in the Guardian today…

Why is American chocolate so disgusting? You really don’t want to know

It tastes like sawdust that’s been drowned in sugar and soaked with baby vomit – and I’ve finally discovered why

There are a few things that routinely keep me up at night: the futility of life, the inevitability of death, and the mystery of why the US’s chocolate is so disgusting.

Readers who have had the misfortune to encounter a Hershey bar will know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s wretched stuff isn’t it? If you are in possession of a sound mind and a few functioning taste buds then I don’t see how you can possibly enjoy US chocolate. It tastes like sawdust that’s been drowned in sugar and soaked with baby vomit.

It tastes like that, by the way, because that’s roughly what it is.