As parents get ready to fill their children’s Easter baskets, a Bay Area group is raising questions about the levels of dangerous heavy metals in some popular name brand chocolates.
Oakland-based health watchdog group As You Sow released the list of chocolates that it says expose consumers to heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, sometimes triple the legal limit in California.
According to that nonprofit group, some of the chocolate that will go into Easter baskets have unhealthy amounts of heavy metal. The group tested about fifty types of chocolates this year, and say 35 tested positive for illegal levels of lead or cadmium, or both.
“We assumed that companies were testing their products before they put them on the market but they’re not,” Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow said.