Chocolate Crime in Eu

By: Martha Mc Quire

Traditional Italian chocolate-makers shun alternatives to cocoa butter, which northern European manufacturers tend to use up to the 5% limit allowed by EU regulations. They are worried about the threat of cheaper products eating into their market and are also pushing the EU to grant the best Italian chocolate "Traditional Specialty Guaranteed" (TSG) status. In 2003 purists successfully lobbied for the introduction of a new 'puro cioccolato' label here, so consumers can spot the difference between the two types.

The EU, however, has objected that even the 'puro cioccolato' tag amounts to unfair discrimination against competitors . Most artisan chocolate-makers use cocoa with fairtrade certification. This shows the cocoa was traded at a fair price for the Third World farmers and produced in an environmentally friendly way with full respect for workers' rights .

For defending their pure chocolate, Italian will have a huge number of events in 2007, mostly in Umbria, the traditional chocolate region. If you would like to visit Umbria check on Dream Destination Europe www.dde-europe.com

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