So…. the Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association (GMA/FPA) on behalf of a number of organizations including the Chocolate Manufacturers Association (CMA), have petitioned the FDA to change the Standard of Identity for chocolate.
The Standard of Identity is the basic rule which defines what chocolate is: a combination of milk or cream in certain proportions to cocoa butter or cocoa fat.
The CMA and GMA/FPA want to change the rules to allow other vegetable oils to be used instead of cocoa butter, and to allow milk substitutes. This will amount to a bait-and-switch. Manufacturers can still call something chocolate, even though it’s not made with the basic ingredients of chocolate as it’s been made for five hundred or so years.
Or, if you prefer written letters….
- Send a letter (or, copy the letter provided above) through the mail, providing your name and address to the following address listed below. MAKE SURE you notate Docket # 2007P-0085 on your letter which links your concerns to the proposed changes requested by the Chocolate Manufacturers to the FDA.
Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 (HFA-305)
Rockville, MD, 20852
SUBJECT: Docket Number # 2007P-0085
- Send a letter (or, copy the letter provided above) by FAX, providing your name and address. MAKE SURE you note Docket # 2007P-0085 on your letter which links your concerns to the proposed changes requested by the Chocolate Manufacturers to the FDA:
Fax Number: 301-827-6870