EU High Court: No Such Thing as 'Pure Chocolate'

BRUSSELS (AP) -It ends a fight over chocolate labels.

An Italian law recognizes the term "pure chocolate" for products made from 100 percent cocoa butter. That distinguishes it from chocolate containing vegetable fats.

The EU's Court of Justice voided the Italian law today, saying
the cocoa butter content belongs in the ingredients table.

It also says the EU's rules on chocolate labeling, which were created more than a decade ago, make no room for a "pure chocolate" reference.

An EU spokesman says the rules aim to create a fair balance
between two different chocolate cultures in Europe: a purist strain
in countries like Belgium and Italy where traditional chocolate is
made only with cocoa butter and countries like Britain where the
vegetable fats are used.

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