The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that an FDA investigation “found that a lot of dark chocolate contains milk – even when it says it doesn’t.” While only six of the 94 samples the FDA tested said they included milk, 60 percent of them contained milk, and 15 percent “of dark chocolate samples that said they were ‘dairy-free’ or ‘lactose-free,’ actually weren’t.”
The FDA attributes the problem to the fact that the same equipment is used to make dark chocolate and chocolate milk.
As the Post points out:
Manufacturers, to be clear, aren’t purposely injecting their 75 percent cacao bars with dairy, according to the FDA. Rather, the reason why dark chocolate manufacturers seem to be having so much trouble keeping traces of milk out of their product is likely that the same equipment that is used to make dark chocolate is often also used to make milk chocolate, which is roughly 10 to 12 percent milk.
Still, the prevalence of milk in products that clearly promise to come milk-free is troubling. Dairy, after all, is one of eight major food allergens. All food products that contain milk must say so, according to U.S. law.
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