In 2019, the European Union established maximum allowable concentrations of cadmium in chocolate and cocoa powder. This regulation has an immediate impact on the cadmium content of cocoa beans in certain producing countries, preventing export to the EU market if thresholds are exceeded.
The Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome commissioned NICOLE and the NICOLE Foundation, in collaboration with EKOS Brazil and NICOLE Latin America, to explore potential solutions for reducing cadmium uptake in cocoa trees in Ecuador and Trinidad & Tobago.
Following a successful field trip in Trinidad & Tobago to test our investigation concept, all partners agreed to expand this initiative to other countries.
The project's findings were presented, among others, at the Remtech Conference in September 2023.
For further information, please get in contact with Lucia Buvé.