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More Information About Prop 65

Here at Coracao and CACOCO, we work hard to source the cleanest and most nutritious cacao possible. We consider the health of people and the planet when making sourcing and manufacturing decisions, so heavy metals are a great concern for us. After reading the results of the recent Consumer Reports deep dive on other chocolate companies’ heavy metals analysis, we sent out our products for updated testing at the end of December 2022.

We were happy to see that almost all of our products tested below the strictest of heavy metals standards.

What is Prop 65?

California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires businesses to provide warnings about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products they purchase or in their homes or workplaces.

Why is it on Coracao products?

The warning on our products is there because cacao contains naturally occurring lead and cadmium, which are found in the soil where plants grow and can be absorbed by plants like the cacao bean. It's important to note that these elements are found in many foods we eat every day, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and spices.

 Many larger chocolate companies do not have this warning on their products. They may have the money to pay for large settlements. They may be part of a larger, slow-moving lawsuit.

Coracao is a small employee owned business. Due to this, we cannot afford Prop 65 litigation. We volunteer to label our chocolates with a Prop 65 warning.

Our Commitment to Safety

Our chocolates have levels of these substances that are lower than the amount that would pose a health risk according to the FDA and other food safety standards. However, because we care about complete transparency and your right to be informed, we include the warning to comply with California law.

Continued Excellence in Quality

We source our ingredients with the utmost care, ensuring they meet not only our high standards for quality and taste but also our commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. Our goal is always to offer you products that are not just safe to enjoy but are part of a balanced, healthful diet.

Our Promise to You

We understand that you trust us to provide not only delicious but also safe and healthy chocolate options. We take this responsibility seriously and are committed to upholding the highest standards in every piece of chocolate we create. For more detailed information about Proposition 65, we encourage you to visit Proposition 65 Warnings Website. If you would like to see a copy of our heavy metals testing report, please email us at  and we will be happy to provide you with a more comprehensive report!

Thank you for choosing Coracao, where indulgence meets conscience.