Comment period for chocolate changes extended

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OREM, UTAH — The Food and Drug Administration has extended the public comment period for proposed changes to ingredients in chocolate to June 25.

The original ending date of the public comment period was April 25.

If the changes are made, chocolate companies would be permitted to substitute artificial fats and vegetable oils in place of cocoa butter that is normally found in chocolate. The substitutions will be allowed to be labeled as chocolate.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with other trade associations, joined the U.S. Chocolate Manufacturers Association in supporting a citizen's petition to the F.D.A. to make the proposed changes.

Gary Guittard of Guittard Chocolate and Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate have taken public stances against the changes, stating there are no benefits to changing chocolate ingredients. Amano Artisan Chocolate also has stated the reason the changes are being proposed is to keep the cost of manufacturing down.

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