The Thierry Mulhaupt company has pulled a specific lot of its chocolate bars after finding too-high levels of the toxic metal were contained within them.
The bars in question are the "Pure Origine Colombie Santander 70%" dark chocolate, with the numbers TB-COLOM-209/17; EAN: 1002436; and the date: 23/08//2018, as reported in French newspaper Le Figaro.
The company has suggested that if you have bought the offending product, you should take it back to the shop from which it came, and ask for an exchange or a refund.
This recall is the second in as many weeks, with the first concerning tablets of chocolate from French company Chapon. This chocolate, the “Colombie torréfaction longue 70% cacao" bars, also came from Colombia, although there has not yet been any suggestion of a specific link between the two cases.
Cadmium can be very dangerous in large quantities, affecting the kidneys, bone density, and the respiratory system, and can even cause problems for the liver, blood, reproductive system and immune system, as well as increase the risk of certain types of cancer.