FDA to change Chocolate?
April 24, 2007 7:23 PM
The U.S. FDA defines the standard which requires chocolate manufacturers to use approved ingredients in making chocolate. Currently there is a proposal in front of the FDA which would change the accepted ingredients to allow other (read: cheaper) substitutions, such as vegetable fats in place of cocoa butter.
What this means to you ... All those crappy "chocolate-flavored" items on grocery store shelves would now qualify as chocolate. And candy manufacturers could change their recipes to use inferior ingredients to make "chocolate" and save money on the deal to boot. Think the chocolate will taste just as good or better? Hell no! Think they will at least pass those savings on to the consumer? Hell no!
How you can help!
This change was submitted to the FDA by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, whose members include Hershey and Nestle. I make this promise to you, Internets: if the FDA changes the standard, I will never purchase another Hershey or Nestle product.
Join the Don't Mess With Our Chocolate movement.