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CHOCOLATE from FRANCE POISONS AMERICANS!!!

Okay, it’s a bit dramatic, but that’s  what the postal clerk said in so many words to David today as he tried to post a gift of French chocolates. 

Peering over her glasses – she looked absolutely shocked to the response David gave her when asked what was in the package.  “CHOCOLATE?? – Mais NON!  ”  She replies.    And my husband ofcourse says, “Porquoi?” (WHY?) and she peers at him with slits for eyes and says, “Mais AMERICANS – ETATS UNIS – THEY DO NOT ALLOW FRENCH CHOCOLATE!!”   Well he was utterly shocked himself, and thought, I just shouldn’t have said anything, but ofcourse he answered truthfully WHAT was IN the package.  He could have just said, “A little soft plastic marmaduke dog that holds a toothbrush, little tiny colored clothespins for my granddaughter’s art work, some marzipan in the shape of apples, a notebook, etc, but no, he says “CHOCOLATE!!! ” Have you ever heard of anything so ridiculous in your life?  No.  Well, me neither. 

We’re going to pursue this thing, I’ll start to google it for sure to find out what the heck THIS is all about, and then I’ll come back and share with you the final outcome.  But I think it won’t be much different than what I’ve already discovered.  CHOCOLATE, is probably a lot like TRUFFLES (and I don’t mean the chocolate kind,) and it probably has to do with our very rich and very PURE ingredients and the fact that there is NOTHING in them with a long un- pronounceable word that is part of its consistency.  In other words – the purity scares the FDA?…..????   

To be continued…………..

 

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pennee #

    Wow. I never knew this, but it seems to be a real concern. I gave you two links. I know good chocolate is killer, but who knew.
    Read Section II
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodDefenseandEmergencyResponse/ucm153055.htm
    and this thread
    http://www.englishforum.ch/other-general/38003-can-t-ship-chocolate-u-s.html

    In section II it says you can send gifts.

    March 5, 2012
    • thanks for this! Very interesting…….not sure what to do – don’t want them opening them, taking them and I’m out and David’s daughter’s BD present is out!

      March 6, 2012
  2. Daco #

    Life is like a box of chocolates……you just never know what to expect!

    March 6, 2012
  3. The post office is only following orders from US customs, which no longer allows chocolate to be sent by mail. You could try another branch though, most postal employees aren’t aware of the rule. Or just send it anyways and not mention the chocolate.

    March 7, 2012

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