Response to Lead & Cadmium in our Chocolate

There has been a lot of buzz in the media about high levels of lead and cadmium found in chocolate. Please read below for our response and for further explanation on this issue.  If after reading the below statement you still have concerns, please feel free to call us 800-465-5909 and we would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions.

 

As You Sow, a California-based non-profit environmental group, has filed a letter of intent with the California Attorney General’s office demanding that Lake Champlain Chocolates and many other chocolate companies post warnings on their products that contain high levels of lead and cadmium.  This is a response to California’s Proposition 65 labeling law as it relates to lead and cadmium. As a valued customer, we want to share the facts with you about our products.

Lake Champlain Chocolates is committed to creating a safe, quality product compliant with all applicable regulatory obligations.  We use internally approved, reputable suppliers for chocolate sourcing, and our suppliers provide documented evidence that lead and cadmium levels meet or exceed the requirements set by the FDA, EU Commission Regulation and Codex Alimentarius.

Per Proposition 65, the labeling requirement does NOT apply to low levels of substances found in foods that are “naturally occurring.”  Companies providing products are not responsible for “naturally occurring” substances in food if: a) The substance must not be present in the food as the result of any “known human activity” and, b) it must be reduced to the “lowest level currently feasible.” There is no process at our factory that contributes to lead or cadmium levels in chocolate.

LCC abides by the precedent set in 2001 by the California Attorney General regarding Prop 65 labeling of Cocoa/Chocolate products.  We respect the spirit of the Prop 65 labeling requirements and deem that our products meet the “naturally occurring” clause within California Code of Regulations. The chocolate in question by As You Sow and that they name in their letter of intent is South American in origin which typically does have a higher cadmium count due to volcanic soil.

There are naturally occurring elements in the soil that can be found in trace amounts in virtually all foods including fish, meats, grains, fruits and vegetables.  The FDA and other health authorities have determined that these trace amounts of naturally occurring heavy metals in foods are unavoidable and present no public health risk.

Here are two links where you can read more about the FDA’s comments/studies on lead in foods:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm233520.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm172050.htm

If you have any questions on this issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We appreciate your business and thank you for your continued support of our products.