What’s in your cookies? You might be surprised!
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday that her office has reached a settlement with food industry giant Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, for selling ginger snap cookies containing lead.
“The levels of lead found in Nabisco’s Ginger Snap cookies posed a serious public health threat, potentially impacting the brain development of our children,” Attorney General Harris said in a statement.
The investigation began after the Center for Environmental Health tested the cookies and discovered a serving of Nabisco brand Ginger Snaps contained lead levels up to nine times the level allowed in California without a lead warning.
In a statement to Reuters, Mondelēz said, “We remain confident that these products pose no health or safety concern to consumers and that all our products are sold in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.”
As part of the settlement, the company agreed to strict product sourcing and testing protocols, to hire a food quality auditor to train personnel, to fund ongoing independent auditing of its products to monitor for lead, and to monitor supply chains to ensure raw materials are within acceptable limits.
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LOS ANGELES – Today, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, in conjunction with eleven California District Attorneys and the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health, announced a landmark settlement with food industry giant Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, for selling ginger snap cookies containing lead in excess of California limits without the warning required by California’s Proposition 65. A consent judgment was filed Thursday in Orange County Superior Court and is awaiting approval by a judge.
Source: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Settlement with Mondelēz International, Inc. for Lack of Prop 65 Warning of Excess Lead in Cookies | State of California – Department of Justice – Kamala D. Harris Attorney General