Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Final Hours of the FDA Comment Period

Today has been quite a scramble. (Sorry that there’s no new review today ... but I did two yesterday ... whaddaya want from me?)

Last night I was mentioned in a Slashdot post on the topic of the FDA considering the change in the definition of chocolate. I went to bed happy, because I saw quite a few new entries into the Keep it Real Raffle, which meant that the FDA was really going to hear what we thought. (There’s a lot of edumicated folks on Slashdot, the thread has over 600 comments, so I know that if they do end up telling the FDA how they feel it will be many different points of view ... which is cool and exactly they way it should be!)

This morning I found that the interview that I did with Bloomberg news was finally published: Hershey Battles Chocolate Connoisseurs Over Selling ‘Mockolate’ by Adam Satariano. I’m quoted and now everyone knows how old I am (at least Newsday didn’t run my photo ... then all the magic would be gone from Candy Blog). Later I did a companion pre-recorded radio interview with the cocoa-buttery-voiced Steve Geimann. (I’ll try to grab a link to that at some point, I might have missed it, there might be a podcast though.)

I was contacted by NPR for Talk of the Nation and went to their studio at lunch today to do a little 10 minute piece on the subject. The other guest on the show was Fran Bigelow of Fran’s in Seattle. (I didn’t tell her that her salted caramels are lovely ... I had to stay on topic.) The host, Rebecca Roberts, was really on top of things and I think helped to bring a lot of the nuances of the issue out. (Blog of the Nation link.)

I also did a phone interview with a reporter at the Washington Post. I think that’ll run tomorrow.

And tomorrow is when it’s all over. Well, that’s when this chapter ends. (Go log your opinions at the FDA site!)

My sincere thanks to everyone who has been working so hard to pass the word along. Instead of reacting to something like this after the fact, we’re able to have a voice and exercise our power to remind the FDA that they are supposed to be working to protect us. It’s a nice warm feeling, isn’t it?

UPDATE: the comment period may have been extended to May 25, 2007. (It’s not on the FDA site, but Don’t Mess with Our Chocolate says so.) Stay tuned!

UPDATE 04/27/2007: The comment period is extended to June 25, 2007. Here’s the new page on the FDA site for entering your thoughts.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:04 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyFDANews

Comments
  1. Heard you on TOTN today—you were great!

    Comment by Laura Rebecca on 4/24/07 at 2:31 pm #
  2. Wow, you deserve a big thanks too Cybele, from ALL of us chocolate and candy lovers. You really went above and beyond to make sure this issue was heard and paid proper attention to.

    THANK *YOU*! smile

    Comment by Sera on 4/24/07 at 5:17 pm #
  3. (OT, but read in the Bloomberg story) Warren Buffet owns See’s?

    Thanks for your hard work, Cybele. Rock Choc not Mock!

    Comment by desertwind on 4/24/07 at 6:46 pm #
  4. I was gratified to see this in the Bloomberg Piece:

    ``If the margarine manufacturers could call their product butter instead of being required to call it margarine, wouldn’t it strike the consumer as being odd?’’ said Kinstler, whose company sold 30 million pounds of sweets last year.

    because I was going to make this exact same point to a friend who said “no big deal, we could just read the labels to see whether or not it contains cocoa butter.”

    Comment by Tricia on 4/25/07 at 9:39 am #

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