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Dagoba Organic Chocolate Recalls "Eclipse 87%," "Los Rios 68%," And "Prima Matera 100%" Dark Chocolate Products Because of High Lead Levels
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Ashland, OR -- March 31, 2006 -- Dagoba Organic Chocolate of Ashland, OR is recalling their "ECLIPSE 87%," "LOS RIOS 68%," and "PRIMA MATERA 100%" dark chocolate products in retail and bulk formats because they contain high levels of lead.
If a child or fetus is exposed to high lead levels on a routine basis (daily for a period of several weeks), permanent damage to the central nervous system can occur. This can result in learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems. In addition, sustained consumption of products containing high lead levels can produce lead poisoning which has a number of symptoms including anemia, neurologic effects such as ataxia and irritability, constipation, muscular weakness, and chronic nephritis.
The products were distributed nationally through wholesale food distributors and through stores that sell organic, natural and/or specialty foods, as well as via select internet sites.
The six products are:
1) Dagoba Organic Eclipse 87% Extra Dark, Size: 2 oz bar
2) Dagoba Organic Los Rios 68% - Ecuador Arriba, Size: 2 oz bar
3) Dagoba Organic Prima Materia 100% - Ecuador Arriba, Size: 2 lb brick
4) Dagoba Organic Los Rios Choco Drops 68% - Ecuador Arriba Nacional, Size: 5 lb foil bag
5) Dagoba Organic Los Rios 68% - Ecuador Arriba Nacional, Size: 25 lb bag
6) Dagoba Organic "Eclipse Broken Bars" Forest Grown Organic Extra Dark Chocolate, Size: 1.5 lb bulk bags
No documented illnesses associated with these products have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products contained high levels of lead. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. Dagoba Chocolate is committed to rectifying this issue and ensuring that it does not occur again.
Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions are encouraged to visit the company's website at http://www.dagobachocolate.com/recall. They may also contact the company toll-free at 1-800-393-6075 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.