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Death by chocolate

The jackboot of petty authoritarianism stamps again:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/08/germany.foodanddrink

Re: Death by chocolate

About time too! Didn’t you know? There is no place for anything that gives pleasure in the modern puritanical world we live in. If someone somewhere is enjoying something then it is our duty to declare it dangerous, then ban it!

Often wonder how I, and many others others, managed to survive our childhoods

Re: Re: Death by chocolate

Think of what you survived.

- No child car seats.
- No Fireproof sleepware.
- No protection from cigarette smokers.

I am sure you could list more.

Re: Death by chocolate

I think this one tops all:

"Children can't differentiate between toys and nutritional items," said Miriam Gruss, a member of the committee."

No comment.

Re: Re: Death by chocolate

Well that seems to be the way these health and safety 'dictats' seem to be generated. A committee is appointed and personal views are turned into EC law.
Are there any statistics or learned studies to back up their arguments?

Re: Death by chocolate

Ah! an easy one to solve, just ban Kinder Surprise from the UK shops.

Re: Death by chocolate

Miriam Gruss is wrong! When I was a child one of my most favourite sweets was chocolate cigarettes. I love them. To date I have never felt the impulse to “eat” a cigarette (tho I did smoke one or two) .