LA Times: FDA to downgrade definition of chocolate
Interesting. The gist of things: allow vegetable oil to replace cocoa butter
Many current threads on Chowhound are discussing this. The most important point -- to write the FDA a simple note (it's an easy to fill-out form) and express your displeasure. Cocoa butter really adds to the sensory pleasure of chocolate. Chocolate made with vegetable oil will reduce flavor and quality. The link for making a comment: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts...
Please also read:
FDA Changing Chocolate Rules: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/391747
Corrupting the Purity of Chocolate: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/391747
They're Trying to Mess With Our Chocolate: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/391672