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

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
2,124 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Columbia Threadneedle, Colin Moore, Jeffrey Knight, Colin Lundgren, Nicholas S. Pifer, Melda Mergen, Ted Truscott, Malcolm Ryerse, Jay Leopold, Kirk M. Moore, Joseph D. Kringdon, Thomas A. Jones, James Bumpus, Ryan Lund, Kristine Young, Kevin Kalicak

Please Stop Investing in Animal Cruelty!

Plastered throughout Columbia Threadneedle’s website is its motto: "when it comes to investing, consistency is beautiful." Unfortunately, there's nothing beautiful about investing in a company that consistently neglects important animal welfare and food safety concerns. By investing in Darden, parent company of Olive Garden and other major chains, Columbia Threadneedle is backing irresponsible and outdated factory farming practices.I have been working as an investment banker for 20+ years, and I feel that I know bad business when I see it. Thousands of Darden’s customers are demanding that it adopt meaningful animal welfare and food safety standards in its supply chain, but the company has completely ignored the request.The investors at Columbia Threadneedle must take notice: Darden's leadership is engaging in socially irresponsible behavior and consequently, bad business. Companies like Starbucks, Burger King, Aramark, and dozens of others have all committed to comprehensive and sweeping animal welfare policies — investments would be better pursued with these companies.I urge the leadership at Columbia Threadneedle to reconsider their investments in Darden now. Public opposition to Darden is growing. I urge Columbia Threadneedle to take the side of corporate responsibility, improved animal welfare, and consumer transparency.Thank you,Curt

Curt Albright
37,534 supporters