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    Mars Petition

    Mars UK have now incomprehensibly started using calf rennet in the manufacture of their chocolate, which means that vegetarians (6% of the UK population) and various religions can no longer eat Mars bars and other confectionary.

    Why chocolate needs calf stomach in it is beyond me, but they just sent a letter to the vegetarian society and carried on shipping the now meaty bars with no mention on the wrapper.

    Sign the petition below to bring back veggie Mars bars!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/MarsWhey/petition.html

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    Weird! Here in the US the Food and Drug Administration is considering "redefining" chocolate...so that it can contain substitute fats instead of cocoa butter.

    http://dontmesswithourchocolate.guit...m/theissue.asp

    Why are chocolate manufacturers messing with their recipes?
    -Emily

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    The European Union wanted to classify UK chocolate as 'vegetable fat' because of the lack of cocoa in it! I think the Belgians and Swiss were getting a bit high and mighty over their high cocoa content choc.

    I personally prefer dark chocolate and like chocolate with 70% cocoa in it, although that's too bitter for some.

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    Unfortunately those online petitions do no good. Petitions aren't valid unless there is a verifiable snail address. Its some poor soul's job to go through signed petitions and verify the addys. A better route is to actually WRITE the company. Post a PDF of pre-written letter people can print and sign along with address to send it to. The name of a person to address it to is even better. That is more effective...just takes more effort.
    "Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome

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    Hi Suzanne

    People who email and write get a standard letter.

    There are three main chocolate companies in the UK - Cadburys, Nestle and Mars. Suddenly a third of the market isn't suitable for 6% of the population!

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    YAY! PEOPLE POWER:

    http://www.masterfoodsconsumercare.co.uk/veg_status.asp

    Mars backs down after 6000 people contacted them to complain!

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    Awsome!!! People power!
    "Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome

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    One question what is calf rennet?

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