The chocolate and cocoa products company Hershey has been sued in the United States for selling products containing harmful levels of metal, according to a media report.
As per media report, Christopher Lazazzaro’s lawsuit claims that the company misled consumers by failing to disclose the amounts of lead and cadmium in three of its dark chocolate bars.
Lazazzaro claimed that if he had known about the products, he would not have purchased them.
According to the report, some studies suggest that the antioxidants and low sugar content of dark chocolate may help prevent heart disease.
However, the lawsuit makes reference to recent findings by Consumer Reports (CR), which tested 28 dark chocolate bars for lead and cadmium.
23 of them, including chocolates from Hershey, Godiva, and Lindt, contained “comparatively higher levels” of the metals, as per the report quoted a magazine.
It claimed that eating just an ounce (28g) of 23 of the bars per 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 the heavy metals.
Hershey’s Special Dark bar and Lily’s 70 per cent bar were particularly high in lead, while Lily’s 85 per cent bar was high in both lead and cadmium.
Lazazzaro’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday, claims that he would not have purchased or desired to pay less for the Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70 per cent Cocoa, and Lily’s Extreme Dark Chocolate bars.
Last June, Hershey purchased low-sugar treat maker Lily’s, calling it “a great addition to Hershey’s growing portfolio of better-for-you snacking brands.”
According to the lawsuit, consumers rely on Hershey to be truthful about the ingredients.
It goes on to say that people are concerned about what they are putting into their bodies. While parents and carers are concerned about what they are feeding their children,
According to reports, Lazazzaro is seeking at least USD 5 million in damages from Hershey in the proposed class action lawsuit.