Lesley's Life Is Sweet has launched the first US Department of Agriculture-certified organic and fairtrade chocolate ganaches and moulded bonbons.

Lesley's Life Is Sweet is a woman-owned humanitarian and artisanal chocolate company.

Founder and president Lesley Byrne emphasised the high standards required to become USDA certified.

"Becoming USDA-certified organic is rewarding because the standards are so high," Byrne said. "At least 95% of all the ingredients must be USDA-certified organic - including the chocolates, sugar, cream, butter, teas, coffees, spices, and vanilla - and are also certified fair trade."

The new collection will be unveiled next month.