Quote of the Day - I stand by my misstatements.
According to Prop 65 News, the nation's major candy companies settled a Proposition 65 warning lawsuit with American Environmental Safety Institute for just $20,000. Prop 65 is a California creation, designed to require warnings to consumers when levels of toxic chemicals might cause cancer or reproductive harm.
According to this article, the allegations were very serious, and AESI alleged that lead was "clearly" in the chocolate. When all was said and done though, Prop 65 News reported, "No penalties or attorney fees were awarded and the deal, which was the result of the defendantsí "offer to compromise," did not require the companies to warn customers of lead or cadmium exposures."
Maybe the allegations were all a mistake. Or maybe they were just designed to get money. You be the judge.
You can look at AESI's chocolate page, and the candy association's response.
The California Attorney General had this to say: AESI's claims "lack merit."