Chocolate, coffee, and other sweet treats are now considered to be “extremes” that threaten public health, and President Trump’s Justice Department has begun a war on the products that has already drawn international condemnation and led to the closure of several stores.
According to The New York Times, the Justice Department is targeting the chocolate industry, including making sure it’s regulated and that it complies with federal regulations.
It’s the latest effort by Trump’s administration to target products that are part of a healthy, wholesome diet.
The New Yorker reported that the Justice department has already taken action against a dozen chocolate manufacturers for selling sugary beverages that contain high levels of sodium.
They’re also looking into whether some of the companies have misled consumers and if there’s a risk of “substantial harm” to children and others.
The Department of Justice has also issued a statement on the proposed regulation of chocolate, specifically the ban on products that contain sugar.
The announcement comes as a result of a report published by The New England Journal of Medicine in June that found that the sugar in chocolate has been linked to a range of health problems including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
“As we continue to work toward a healthier, more balanced diet, we must take action to protect children from the effects of the sugar they are exposed to every day in chocolate,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“We also must continue to hold accountable those who exploit our children and our communities for the profits of their companies.
And while the Department of Health and Human Services is taking action against companies that are violating our childrens’ health and public safety, the Department will not hesitate to take additional action against those who profit from the abuse of children and other Americans.”