Chocolate factory Hershey has been sued in the US over lawsuits the corporation is peddling products including dangerous levels of metal.
The lawsuit carried by Christopher Lazazzaro alleges the company deceived customers by ceasing to function to publicize the abundances of lead and cadmium in three dark chocolate bars.
He asserted he would not have bought the derivatives if he had been aware. Hershey’s did not instantly respond to a proposal for comment.
Some examinations indicate that the antioxidants and somewhat low statuses of sugar in dark chocolate could prevent heart infection. However the lawsuit refers to recent findings by US magazine Consumer Reports (CR), which tested 28 dark chocolate bars for lead and cadmium.
The magazine alleged that 23 of them, comprising chocolate from Hershey, Godiva and Lindt, included “comparatively higher levels” of the metals.
“For 23 of the bars, eating just an ounce (28g) a day would put an adult over a level that public health authorities and CR’s experts say may be harmful for at least one of those heavy metals,” it claimed.
In particular, Hershey’s Special Dark bar and Lily’s 70% bar were high in lead, while Lily’s 85% bar was high in lead and cadmium.
“Any food can contain heavy metals if they are present in the soil in high concentration,” said nutritionist Sheeba Majmudar.
“Currently there are no food laws stating that all food batches need to be tested – until they make you sick. While no level of toxins is safe, it is always the ‘buyer beware’ slogan that comes to mind,” she added.
Mr Lazazzaro’s case, filed on Wednesday in a federal court in New York, alleges that he would not have purchased or wished to reimburse smaller for the Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extreme Dark Chocolate bars.
Hershey purchased low-sugar delight designer Lily’s last June, calling it “a great addition to Hershey’s growing portfolio of better-for-you snacking brands”.
“Consumers rely on [Hershey] to be truthful regarding the ingredients,” the lawsuit argues.
It puts in that “people are concerned with what is in the food that they are putting into their bodies,” while parents and caregivers are “concerned with what they are feeding to children in their care”.
Mr Lazazzaro is seeking at least $5m (£4.2m) in damages from Hershey in the proposed class action case.