My reimbursement included the three chelations I received before departing (as well as an oral chelating agent) because in Russia leaded gasoline is still widely used, and any post-trip chelations would have likely been removing Russian lead as well as chocolate lead. Under other circumstances, Dagoba would have been responsible for a long course of intravenous fun fests. It's not yet clear how many I will need to undergo.
On the one hand, it seems fairly clear that a company's negligence put me at risk and $400 seems like measly recompense. On the other, it's understandable that at a small cooperative in a cacao-growing region an accidental exposure could occur. After all, I'm fortunate to live in a country where leaded gasoline has been phased out, and to be among a privileged population that (for the most part) doesn't have to worry about paint chips. While I didn't have to join a class action suit or challenge Dagoba on my own, I was lucky in that the test had been performed just after I ate the bulk of the chocolate and my evidence was strong. Also, I write for TreeHugger! With luck, non-bloggers' concerns have been met with the same level of responsiveness.
With the good tasting fair trade and organic chocolate selection remaining fairly thin, I'm still eating my fave Dagoba bars. What do you think? How chalky or robust you find its response? And, again, read David's interview for a well-rounded Dagoba perspective. ::