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The Directive 73/241/EEC relating to cocoa and chocolate products has in particular foreseen, for some Member States, the possibility of adding vegetable fats other than cocoa butter in chocolate products. The Commission of the EU now feels there is a need to harmonize the legislation, which means that a decision needs to be made whether the level of vegetable fats can be regulated at the European level or should be left to the Member States' legislation. At present, there is a lack of a suitable analytical method for quantification of the addition of other vegetable fats than cocoa butter to chocolate. Various methods have been proposed for the determination of these fats in chocolate, but with only limited success. Due to the fact that the composition of fats varies with its origin, the quantification is extremely difficult, especially when the origin of cocoa butter and of other fats is unknown.

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Authors: ANKLAM E, JRC Ispra (IT);SIMONEAU C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Food Control - Elsevier Science Ltd (1996)
Record Number: 199610877 / Last updated on: 1996-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en