A lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles alleges chocolate contains potentially hazardous levels of lead and cadmium.
The suit seeks warning labels to alert chocoholics of the presence of the metals.
The lawsuit was filed by the non-profit American Environmental Safety Institute. The institute alleges products made by Hershey Foods, Nestle, Kraft Foods and other manufacturers expose consumers, especially children, to potentially dangerous levels of the metals. The lawsuit seeks in part to force the manufacturers to include warning labels on their products.
The Palo Alto-based Institute´s attorney, Roger Carrick, says scientific testing found the lead and cadmium levels in products like M-and-M´s present what he calls “a clear and present danger to the health of our children.”