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Don't Worry, The USEPA Will Protect You From Death By Chocolate

Earlier this month, the USEPA declared a new enemy in its fight against air pollution:  chocolate.  That's right; the sweet smell of chocolate can apparently lodge particles in your lungs, supposedly to your detriment.  Blommer Chocolate Co. has been targeted by the USEPA in response to a singular complaint, and has instituted installation of abatement equipment to eliminate the chocolate (dare I say?) odor. 

A quick search turned up no scholarly articles supporting the USEPA's claim, and there's nothing on the USEPA's website about chocolate other than this lone claim.  In fact, other than the consequences of weight gain, it's news to me, and likely you as well.  In a "chocolate" search run on the USEPA's website, the closest I came was to find out that a Monsanto chemical-producing plant is located on the Chocolate Bayou in Texas, which likely has more to do with the color of the water than anything else.  Apart from that, it is apparently well documented that chocolate is toxic to some small animals, but only in very large quantities, and there are no apparent reports of epidemic die-offs of small animals around Blommer's Chicago factory.

So far, MSNBC's informal poll favors Blommer's three-to-one over the USEPA.  Regardless of you're in favor or not, my question is whether you've (or, for that matter the USEPA) ever been to Hershey, Pennsylvania (a.k.a. Chocolatetown, USA)?  There, the smell of chocolate pervades the entire town, but I'm not aware of any USEPA enforcement actions against M&M's or Kisses.   

Gives a whole new meaning to death by chocolate, doesn't it?

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