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DaveCowen

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    Cadmium contamination in cacao products

    Hi, I'm a newbie and registered just to post my response on cadmium in cocoa powder as a FYI. I found CR due to googling on this, and as a customer of Trader Joe's and a user of their cocoa baking powder in my afternoon drink I have been very concerned regarding heavy metal toxicity and the Consumer Labs report. CR seems to be one of the most active forums discussing the potential problems, but I couldn't find anything specific when it came to the CL report and Trader Joe's. When I asked in the store I got the response that "Consumer Labs put out a report that lied and they never contacted us. We are TJ's and we only put out natural and healthy products... if it was a problem we wouldn't have it on our shelves. Of course we check stuff like this but we don't have any more information to provide you with." Definitely an unsatisfactory response, but I did eventually reach someone in Customer Service who was happy to help and finally got a number of answers from Trader Joe's on their product and wanted to pass it on: Alkali used in processing - no Cadmium <0.6 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Lead <0.0001 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Polyphenols - 4 grams per 100 grams of product (I actually asked about flavanols, but since it isn't a nutritional supplement they don't measure/track it and she provided polyphenol levels instead) Long story short, I think I feel good about continuing to use their cocoa powder. In comparing their response to Kevala's (provided by Brian), it seems like they are somewhat comparable and ok. Correct me if I'm wrong and thanks! Quote Dave
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    More heavy metal contamination!

    Hi, I'm a newbie and registered just to post my response on cadmium in cocoa powder as a FYI. I found CR due to googling on this, and as a customer of Trader Joe's and a user of their cocoa baking powder in my afternoon drink I have been very concerned regarding heavy metal toxicity and the Consumer Labs report. CR seems to be one of the most active forums discussing the potential problems, but I couldn't find anything specific when it came to the CL report and Trader Joe's. When I asked in the store I got the response that "Consumer Labs put out a report that lied and they never contacted us. We are TJ's and we only put out natural and healthy products... if it was a problem we wouldn't have it on our shelves. Of course we check stuff like this but we don't have any more information to provide you with." Definitely an unsatisfactory response, but I did eventually reach someone in Customer Service who was happy to help and finally got a number of answers from Trader Joe's on their product and wanted to pass it on: Alkali used in processing - no Cadmium <0.6 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Lead <0.0001 ppm or it doesn't ship to their stores (so it could be less, but this is the max allowable) Polyphenols - 4 grams per 100 grams of product (I actually asked about flavanols, but since it isn't a nutritional supplement they don't measure/track it and she provided polyphenol levels instead) Long story short, I think I feel good about continuing to use their cocoa powder. In comparing their response to Kevala's (provided by Brian), it seems like they are somewhat comparable and ok. Correct me if I'm wrong and thanks! Quote Dave
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