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4,500 manufacturers   French chocolate makers against new health warnings

French chocolate and pastry makers are opposing the government's recent proposal to impose health warnings on cakes and chocolates in an attempt to curb rising obesity in the country.

The new proposal requires companies to introduce colour-coded labels for all food products to ensure healthy eating. These labels have to be produced in five colours, ranging from green for products considered good for health, to red for those best avoided or eaten in small quantities. It has been proposed to put chocolate under the red category.

The Confederation of French Chocolate and Pastry Makers, which represents more than 4,500 chocolatiers and pastry makers from across France, has started a campaign on social media sites to counter the argument that chocolates are unhealthy.

In an open letter to the minister of health Marisol Touraine, the confederation wrote: "While there is room for improved transparency in the labelling of food products, any changes must present a clear benefit and be agreed with consumers and the industry to be genuinely effective."

The letter also talks about research that suggests that eating small quantities of chocolates can be beneficial to health.

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