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Cocoa and Chocolate products

Cocoa and Chocolate products

Along the manufacturing process, manufacturers may find many standards and regulations they have to comply with in order to sell Cocoa, chocolate and derived products to end-consumers. 

Mérieux NutriSciences can support you with all your needs for Cocoa and Chocolate products

Cocoa beans can be used to produce many different products out of them. Mérieux NutriSciences can support you with the following products: 

  • Cocoa butter
  • nibs
  • Cocoa cake
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cocoa liquor
  • Couverture
  • Chocolate bars
  • Confectionary – visit our confectionary page to discover more about it and our services to support the industry

As all these products are linked to the use of cocoa beans (following their transformation) and highly consumed by the market, many regulations have been implemented in Europe to make sure they remain safe for the end-consumers.

Cocoa and chocolate products: Safety and Quality

According to RASFF data, analysed with our solution Safety HUD, 42 events were notified (-48% compared to 2019). Allergens were the first cause associated to Cocoa and Chocolate products in Europe.

Blue Paper 2021 extract – Cocoa and Chocolate products

In addition to allergens in cocoa and chocolate, the main contaminants to be found in cocoa, chocolate and derived products are:

  • heavy metals and in particular cadmium,
  • pesticides,
  • mycotoxins,
  • PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons),
  • microbiological hazards,
  • and miscellaneous hazards.

Cocoa and chocolate products services: how can Mérieux NutriSciences support you?

If you wish to perform the testing of your cocoa and chocolate products (cocoa beans) or need more advanced services, Mérieux NutriSciences meet your demand with:

  • a large range of customisable services,
  • accredited laboratories in Europe,
  • local presence with a global reach.

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