Call to Arms - American Chocolate in danger!
By Peter Korn on Apr 24, 2007
Guittard Chocolates, a family run premium chocolate maker in Burlingame California, has raised the alarm over a request from the "Chocolate Manufacturers Association" to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (couched as a "Citizen's Petition to Modernize Food Standards") to among other things lessen chocolate standards in the U.S. In particular, this petition urges the FDA to allow something to be called chocolate that contains no cocoa butter (with vegetable fat substituted in its place).
You can read more about this U.S. food threat at: What's This About at the Don't Mess with our Chocolate website, along with Guittard's April 10th press release and their follow-on April 11th release. They are tracking media coverage as well.
If you want to get involved, click on the "Submit Comment" button on the FDA comment web site for this proposal. But you had better hurry - the comment period ends April 25th. Had Scharffen Berger chocolates not been bought by Hershey, I'm sure they would be at the front lines of this battle as well.