Constituents

Cadmium

Less is more.

Cadmium is a heavy metal, traces of which occur naturally in the environment. It is also added to soils and the water through fertilisation and fine particle emissions. Plants and animals, in turn, absorb this cadmium and pass it on through the food chain, as a result of which high cadmium contents have been found in lettuce, spinach, crustaceans and seafood or animal offal such as liver and kidneys. Traces of cadmium usually enter bars of chocolate via the raw materials of cocoa or, in smaller quantities, nuts. The higher the cocoa content, the higher the cadmium content will be. However, most cadmium is ingested in our daily food consumption, through our basic foodstuffs.
Cadmium is considered damaging for the human organism depending on how much is ingested. Legislators try to keep our cadmium intake from foodstuffs as low as possible, by setting maximum content levels. For chocolate, these legal limits will not apply until 2019, but we at RITTER SPORT have been regularly checking the cadmium content of our chocolate for many years, trying to keep it as low as humanly possible.

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