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Urban Myth: A story, generally untrue but sometimes one that is merely exaggerated or sensationalized, that gains the status of folklore by continual retelling.
Therefore, it is only an ASSUMPTION that such filth is present in all chocolate (as Nison and Kohler are asserting.)
Sacred Chocolate has done further analysis based on its own manufacturing procedures and methods and the guidelines stipulated by the FDA:
This defined FDA test is what is used to test any given chocolate sample. Interestingly, what it doesn’t define is the SIZE of the insect fragment. In most cases these will be fragments on the order of about 10 to 20 microns in size since the average chocolate particle is of that size, and any insect that may inadvertently end up in a chocolate making machine will end up reduced to particles of the same size and evenly distributed through the entire batch of chocolate. The FDA allows up to 90 insect particles in any given 100 gram chocolate sample. A quantity of 90 insect particles each with a size of 20 microns in any given dimension is actually a stringent requirement in a 100 gram sample. For example, assuming the density of semi-sweet chocolate is 1,325 kg/m^3, the volume of a 100 gram chocolate bar would be calculated as 100 / 1000 / 1,325 = 1 / 13,250 m^3 (cubic meters), which is the same as 7.547 x 10^13 microns^3 (cubic microns). So assuming that an insect particle is 20 x 20 x 20 microns^3 (cubic microns), and that there are 90 of them in the 100 gram bar, that would mean an insect volume-based particle concentration of 720,000 / 7.547 x 10^13 = 1 part insect per 104,819,444 parts chocolate. This is a very low allowable concentration! The rodent hair test is 1 or more rodent hairs or rodent hair particles. Based on the typical size of a rodent hair, we would estimate that this is even more stringent than the insect test!
Urban Myth: A story, generally untrue but sometimes one that is merely exaggerated or sensationalized, that gains the status of folklore by continual retelling. Example: ALL chocolate contains insect and rodent [hair]. In the latest issue of Healing our World (Volume 30, Issue 3), John Kohler wrote "All chocolate is notorious for containing foreign matter such as rodent [hair] and insect parts." Repetition of this myth by speakers and writers such as Paul Nison has created a belief that this is fact.