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Lead & Cadmium Found In Chocolate – Is It In Your Favorite Brand? Check Here!

Chocolate is not only loved and craved by almost everyone, but it may not always be as good for us as we’ve hoped. As it turns out, some chocolate may contain lead, cadmium, or both!

In February of 2015, the watchdog group As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, began legal action against Chocolate companies for having lead and/or cadmium in their products without disclosing it on the label. 

According to Andrew Behar of As You Sow, “We sent them to an independent lab and we had them test it for lead and for cadmium and we compared these levels to the legal limits.”

Both heavy metals, lead and cadmium can be quite toxic and cause all sorts of damages, mostly neurological, meaning your chocolate habit could help cause brain damage. Ouch!

The brands involved are below:


  • Bissinger’s All Natural 60% Dark Chocolate Whole Almonds – Lead

Earth Circle Foods dba River Canyon Retreat Inc.

  • Earth Circle Organics Organic Balinese Cacao Nibs Cold Pressed – Cadmium

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

  • Ghiradelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight Chocolate Bar – Cadmium
  • Ghiradelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate – Lead & Cadmium


  • Godiva Chocolatier 50% Cacao Dark Chocolate Sea Salt – Lead
  • Godiva Chocolatier 85% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate –  Lead & Cadmium
  • Godiva Chocolatier 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate – Lead & Cadmium

The Hershey Company

  • Scharffen Berger Semisweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) – Cadmium
  • Scharffen Berger Extra Dark Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (82% cacao) – Cadmium


  • Organic New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate (74% cacao) – Lead & Cadmium

Lake Champlain Chocolates

  • Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Chocolate (57% cocoa) – Lead & Cadmium

Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc.

  • Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Excellence Extra Dark – Lead & Cadmium

Mars, Incorporated

  • Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar – Cadmium

Mondelez International, Inc.

  • Green & Black’s Organic 85% Cacao Bar – Lead & Cadmium

Moonstruck Chocolate Co.

  • Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado (68% cacao) – Lead

See’s Candies, Inc.

  • See’s Candies Premium Extra Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) – Cadmium

The Kroger Co.

  • Private Selection 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar – Lead & Cadmium

Theo Chocolate Theo

  • Organic Fair Trade Pure 85% Dark Chocolate – Cadmium

Trader Joe’s Company

  • Trader Joe’s Swiss 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate – Lead
  • Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar – Toffee With Walnuts and Pecans 70% cacao – Lead
  • Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate – Lead
  • Trader Joe’s Pound Plus, 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate – Lead
  • Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark – Lead & Cadmium
  • Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar (85% cacao) – Lead & Cadmium

Vosges, Ltd. Wild

  • Ophelia All Natural New Orleans Chili – Dark Chocolate Bar (70% cacao) – Lead

Whole Foods Market, Inc.

  • 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate (56% Cacao) – Lead & Cadmium

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