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The distributor of my cacao powder says it checks for "metal fragments" in its products. Is this adequate to check for heavy metals, like cadmium and lead, that you've found in cocoas and chocolates?

Find out if tests such as foreign metal detection can show if cocoa powders and chocolate products are contaminated with heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. See amounts of these toxic heavy metals were found in cocoa and chocolate products tested by

News Release

July 19, 2017

New Tests Reveal Whether Dark Chocolates and Cocoas Are Toxic or Healthful

White Plains, New York, July 19, 2017 — Dark chocolates and cocoa may contain dangerously high levels of the heavy metal cadmium, a kidney toxin, according to recent tests conducted by, an independent evaluator of health and nutrition products.

News Release

August 05, 2014 Finds Popular Cocoa Powders Contaminated; High Concentrations of Cadmium Raise Concern

White Plains, New York, August 5, 2014 — Following up on its discovery in May of high levels of the toxic metal cadmium in several cocoa-based products, recently tested additional, popular cocoa products sold in the U.S. to assess the extent of the problem.

Recalls & Warnings

August 16, 2014

More Carob Powder Recalled

On August 11, 2014, Sunfood issued a recall of several lots of Organic Carob Powder because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.