This came in my mail. I feel it's important enough to justify posting the whole article. There are people who are trying to take away our Chocolate. Case Summary Environmental Group Wants Warning Labels on Chocolate Products Jun. 14, 2002 Toxic Chemicals Litigation Reporter Copyright (c) 2002 Andrews Publications. All rights reserved. If an environmental group gets its way, chocolate products in California would have to carry a warning label stating, "This product can be hazardous to your health and contains high levels of lead and cadmium." American Environmental Safety Institute v. Mars Inc. et al., No. BC273433, complaint filed (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles County, 08-MAY-02). The American Environmental Safety Institute has filed suit against six candy manufacturers for not disclosing the amount of toxic chemicals in their products as required by California's Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. The group is suing Mars Inc., Hershey Foods Corp., Nestle USA Inc., Kraft Foods North America Inc., Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Inc. and See's Candies Inc. in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charging that high levels of lead and cadmium in chocolate pose a serious health risk. The group is seeking an injunction requiring warnings on chocolate products, restitution to people who purchased the products without receiving the warnings and civil penalties. Refuting the charges, Michele Corash, an attorney with the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, said that California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has already reviewed the allegations in the lawsuit and determined that they lack merit. "This lawsuit is simply a shameless attempt to exploit a well-intentioned law for financial gains," she said. In a statement, the Chocolate Manufacturers Association included a letter from Lockyer, dated Sept. 28, 2001, which stated in part: "It is unusual for the Attorney General to publicly state that he has received a matter under Proposition 65 and determined that it is not appropriate to proceed on the claim. Nonetheless, because these [chocolate] products are consumed by so many Californians, we think it is important for the public to be aware that the Attorney General's decision not to commence a civil action in this matter is based on a conclusion that the action would lack merit, after through consideration by this office." Corash said federal health officials and food safety experts have found that the minute traces of naturally occurring minerals like lead in chocolate pose no risk to consumers.