Pennsylvania-based chocolate maker Hershey has been sued by a consumer for allegedly selling lead- and cadmium-laden dark chocolate, according to reports.
Reuters reported Thursday that Christopher Lazazzaro, a resident of Nassau County, New York, filed the proposed class action against Hershey in federal court in Central Islip, New York on Wednesday.
In the suit, Lazazzaro claims that he would not have purchased Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extreme Dark Chocolate 85% had he known through a disclosure by Hershey that these products contained metals.
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The suit comes two weeks after a Consumer Reports article revealed scientific test results of 28 dark chocolate bars, specifically looking for lead and cadmium.
Each of the bars contained heavy metals, the report showed, with 23 of the chocolate bars from brands such as Trader Joe’s Godiva, Dove and Lindt containing potentially harmful levels of lead, cadmium or both, for those who eat an ounce of chocolate a day.
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But three of the bars — Hershey’s Special Dark Bark, Lily’s 70% bar and Lily’s 85% bar — were high in lead, with the latter also high in cadmium, according to the article.
Lazazzaro is seeking at least $5 million in damages through the potential class action, including at least $500 per transaction, which is allowed under New York law.
Hersey did not immediately respond to FOX Business.