Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Milk in dark chocolate, brands tested by the FDA

Last Valentine’s Day, the FDA issued press releases about having found milk in a lot of dark chocolate samples that they tested, including some that claimed to be dairy-free or vegan as well as in a lot that claimed to only have traces or a risk of milk from shared equipment. I submitted a FOIA request to ask for details, and last spring the FDA put up a lot more details at:


However, this didn’t include the actual brands and manufacturers of chocolate that they tested. It just included internally-assigned ID codes. After some pushing they sent me the list of codes for the report they put online. I’m not sure this has been publicly released before now.

A few of the FDA’s results stand out to me, as a concerned consumer. I was sad to see that “Ghirardelli SemiSweet Baking Bar” and “Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Baking Bar” both had more milk than two of the chocolate bars that listed milk as an actual ingredient, but better safe than sorry. “Rescue Chocolate 66% Dark Chocolate” claimed to be vegan on the packaging, showed no warning about milk, and contained milk. “Ethereal Confections; 66% Cacao, Strawberries, Rose Petals, Pink Peppercorns” and “Oskri Almond Dark Chocolate Bar” claimed to be dairy-free or lactose-free on the packaging, showed no warning about milk, but contained milk. And most of the chocolate bars tested that had warnings about shared equipment or possibly containing traces of milk, while not listing milk as an actual ingredient, in fact did have milk in them. Some of them had more milk than chocolate bars that listed milk as an actual ingredient.

Here you go, world:

Related to http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAllergens/ucm446646.htm

Table 1. Dark Chocolate- FDA Web Posting: Identification of Chocolate Samples
Chocolate ID, followed by Chocolate Brand/Manufacturer

C1 Dagoba Organic Chocolate
C2 Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Caramel
C3 Hershey’s Special Dark Sweet Chocolate
C4 Russell Stover Fine Dark Chocolate Candy Bar
C5 Russell Stover Fine Dark Chocolate Candy Bar
C6 Whitman’s Weight Watchers Bite Size Dark Chocolates

A1 Block Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate
A2 Block Chocolate 55% Dark Chocolate
A3 Chocolate Decadence Pure Dark Chocolate
A4 Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
A5 Trader Joe’s PoundPlus Dark Chocolate from Belgium
A6 Bissinger’s Dark Chocolate
A7-Lot A Vega Maca Chocolate
A7-Lot B Vega Maca Chocolate
A8 Cacao de Chuao Origins, 77% Extra Dark Chocolate
A9 Lily’s Dark Chocolate, 55% Cocoa: Original
A10 Ghirardelli SemiSweet Baking Bar
A11 Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Baking Bar
A12-Lot A Callebaut Bittersweet
A12-Lot B Callebaut Bittersweet
A13 Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Organic Coffee
A14 Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper
A15 Vosges Black Pearl Bar
A16 E. Guittard Ambanja Bittersweet
A17 Sweet Shop USA Dark Chocolate with Sea-Salted Almond
A18 Dillon’s Chocolates
A19 Fannie May 70% Dark Chocolate
A20 Ghirardelli 100% Cacao
A21 Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
A22 Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight 72% Cacao
A23 Ethereal Single Origin Chocolate Bar, 80% Cacao, Ecuador, Notes of Walnut, Banana & Toffee
A24 Newman’s Own Organics Dark Chocolate 54% Cacao
A25 The Cocoa Study Center Bar Bittersweet Chocolate
A26 Amano Dos Rios Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao Minimum
A27 Peru Chulucanas Love Bar; 75% Dark
A28 Lillie Belle DarkStar 80%
A29 French Broad Chocolates 68% Cacao Matagalpa, Nicaragua
A30 NuGO Free Dark Chocolate Crunch

T1 Chocolove Dark Chocolate 55%
T2 Chocolove 77% Extra Strong Dark Chocolate
T3 Chocolove Rich Dark Chocolate 65%
T4 Lindt 85% Cocoa Extra Dark
T5 TCHO 99% Dark Chocolate Critters
T6 Sulpice Le Chocolat Noir
T7 Eclat Chocolate Good & Evil Peruvian Nacional 72% Cacao
T8 Sweetriot Fair Trade and Organic Pure 85% Dark Chocolate
T9 Patric 70% Cocoa; Signature Blend
T10 Askinosie Chocolate; Honduras 70%
T11 Pacari Raw Chocolate 100% Cacao
T12 Sulpice Chocolat Gingembre
T13-Lot A Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate
T13-Lot B Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate
T13-Lot C Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate
T14 Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate
T15 Simply Lite Dark Chocolate with Almonds
T16 Simply Lite Dark Chocolate
T17 PocoDolce Bittersweet with Sea Salt
T18 TCHO Purenotes 65% Cacao, Ecuador, Dark

IC1 Theo Chili 70% Dark
IC2 Sjaak’s Organic Dark Chocolate
IC3 Vosges Super Dark Pomegranate & Gogi
IC4 NibMor Mint 72% Cacao
IC5 NibMor Extreme 80% Cacao
IC6 Endangered Species Organic Dark 70%
IC7 Madre Triple Cacao; Dominican 70% Dark
IC8 Bixby Bar Whippersnapper 72% Dark Chocolate, walnuts, blueberries, black pepper
IC9 Ethereal Inclusion Chocolate Bar, 66% Cacao, Topped with Cayenne Pepper, Cacao Nibs & Cherries
IC10 Escazu 81% Single Origin Carenero Venezuela facility that handles milk products
IC11 Fearless Organic Deepest Dark, 85%

F1 Taza Chocolate
F2 Dark Chocolate Dream
F3 Gnosis Chocolate Simplicity 70% Raw Cacao
F4 Divvies Bingo Dark Chocolate
F5-Lot A Premium Chocolatier Milkless Dark Chocolate Semisweet
F5-Lot B Premium Chocolatier Milkless Dark Chocolate Semisweet
F6 Amore di Mona Chocolate
F7 Enjoy Life boom Chocoboom Dark
F8 Amanda’s Own Chocolate Bar
F9 Shufra Bittersweet Baking Bar
F10 Righteously Raw 80% Cacao Acai
F11 Ethereal Confections; 66% Cacao, Strawberries, Rose Petals, Pink Peppercorns
F12 Oskri Almond Dark Chocolate Bar
F13 Dandelion Chocolate 70% Mantuano, Venezuela

V1 Lulu’s Raw Love Chocolate 78%
V2 Righteously Raw Rose Bar Maqui & Banana & Toffee
V3 Righteously Raw Maca & Cacao
V4 Rescue Chocolate 66% Dark Chocolate

NS1 Lieber’s Bittersweet Chocolate
NS2 Lieber’s Semisweet Chocolate
NS3 Indulgence Chocolatiers
NS4 Lagusta’s Luscious
NS5 Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Dark Chocolate
NS6 Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate 72% Cacao
NS7 Artisan Confections Bittersweet Bark with Candied ginger, toasted coconut & cocoa nibs
NS8 Black Mountain Chocolate; Dominican Bar 70% Cacao
NS9 Kohler Dark Chocolate Bar 55%
NS10 Dick Taylor Chocolate Ecuador Camino Verde
NS11 Olive and Sinclair Chocolate; Southern Artisan 75%
NS12 NuNu Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao

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