8 petitions

Started 8 months ago

Petition to Costco Wholesale, Costco

Bring the "Kirkland: Dark Chocolate Super Fruits" Back to Costco

A while back, a product known as, "Kirkland Dark Chocolate Super Fruits" had been discontinued. Personally, I like the product because, in addition to tasting amazing, the nutrition values are less anxiety-inducing to me. I am recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, so my diet of foods that I allow myself to eat is still very limited, and this product was among the few real treats I would allow myself to eat. I have looked for a product that could be used to replace the Dark Chocolate Super Fruits, but I haven't been able to find anything as good as the original Costco product. That said, I have seen posts online that show that I am not the only person who misses this product, so I want to see if we can bring the chocolate-covered fruits back to Costco. I called the Costco administration, and I was told that if there were enough people who wanted the product to return, we just might see the product back in stores again. Signing this petition can help bring the product back to stores, but providing feedback to Costco directly would also be an incredibly useful contribution. I believe there is a suggestion box in each Costco store, and there is also a link titled "Feedback" at the very bottom of the Costco website that can be used to make recommendations to Costco more directly. If you contact Costco about the product, the product is titled Kirkland Dark Chocolate Super Fruits and, the item number is 125739 (including the item number helps those at Costco know what product we are talking about). Thank you for taking the time to read this, and possibly, supporting the goal of this petition!

Grace Hamilton
117 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Patricia Hansen

Dark Chocolate Food Labeling: Tell the FDA to Stop the Deception!

The FDA has not set a standard of identity for dark chocolate even though there are FDA standards for milk chocolate and white chocolate. Consumers are being deceived into thinking they are eating healthy dark chocolate, while actually consuming fake chocolate made from vegetable fats (usually palm oil). Without a standard of identity, companies are more apt to mislabel a product ‘dark chocolate’ on the front of a package without using real dark chocolate ingredients! By law, if vegetable fat coatings are used, the ingredients list must state “chocolaty” or “chocolate flavored coating and vegetable oil.” That is the only way you would know it is not REAL dark chocolate. Sometimes the listing will illegally state “dark chocolate coating.” If the ingredients include alternative vegetable fats (palm oil, palm kernel oil, cottonseed oil, etc.), then it is not real dark chocolate. Why would consumers knowingly choose unhealthy fake chocolate coated snacks when there are many proven health benefits from eating REAL dark chocolate? 1. REAL dark chocolate has health benefits. Dark chocolate is loaded with flavonoids and has many health benefits. Research studies have found that dark chocolate may have a positive impact on memory, brain performance, heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol, stroke risk, mood, stress, and longevity. It may also boost workouts and reduce food cravings. When companies use palm oil in place of cocoa butter, the substitution may have a negative impact on the health of a consumer since palm oil has been shown to raise bad cholesterol (LDL). Cocoa butter has been shown to be a neutral fat that does not raise LDL cholesterol. Many consumers eat dark chocolate for enjoyment and the antioxidant benefits it provides. The benefit of added antioxidants is eliminated when cholesterol raising fats, like palm oil, counterbalance the antioxidants benefit in the cocoa. 2. REAL dark chocolate tastes better. The three components of REAL dark chocolate are cocoa powder (non-fat solids) and cocoa butter from the cacao bean with a small amount of real sugar to cut the bitterness. Cocoa butter melts below body temperature, releasing the flavor immediately in your mouth. When fake chocolate is used, cocoa butter is replaced with a vegetable fat (usually palm oil), imparting a waxy texture and too sweet taste because the chocolate does not melt in your mouth. 3. Companies are valuing their bottom line, not their ingredients! Vegetable fats are cheaper ingredients. They do not need to be shipped or stored with strict temperature controls, so companies save on the cost of shipping and storing real dark chocolate. Others lack technical expertise to produce REAL dark chocolate. 4. Consumers deserve to get what they pay for! Many are paying for what they believe is REAL dark chocolate and instead being sold a fake dark chocolate substitution. NuGo Nutrition, the company that makes REAL dark chocolate coated protein bars for many lifestyles, urges the FDA to create a standard of identity for dark chocolate. Consumers deserve to know what is in their food!  

NuGo Nutrition
3,238 supporters