“My cake topping needs to be in the USA, but there’s no one I know who’s willing to help me find it,” says a woman in Michigan.
“The only bakery that makes toppers for weddings is one in the Midwest, and I don’t know of anyone else who would be willing to take my request seriously.”
“They’re going to throw me out,” she says, adding, “It’s just a waste of money.”
“We’re not really trying to be rude to you, we just don’t understand your situation,” says the woman, who doesn’t want to be identified because she’s concerned about the stigma surrounding women in the wedding cake business.
“I just want to know if there’s a way to make it so that we can have cake toppers for our wedding in the future.”
A couple in Georgia, meanwhile, says they’re worried about their health if they can’t make toppers.
“They just keep asking if I want to make topper for my wedding, and when I tell them no, they make me a cake top and give me some money,” says one woman.
“It is really upsetting that they’re putting up with this, and it’s really frustrating for me.
It makes me want to just leave this industry.”
But a spokesperson for the US Food and Drug Administration, who asked not to be named, told BuzzFeed News that the agency’s policy on toppers “does not allow for any sort of price variation, and if a person wants to sell an item, they must meet the applicable price set by the manufacturer.”
“It is our policy to ensure that our products meet or exceed FDA guidelines for a wide range of uses, including but not limited to to medical and cosmetic use,” said the spokesperson, adding that it “does make sense to have a vendor in the marketplace to make and sell toppers.”
“A vendor can’t do a better job than an actual manufacturer for a consumer’s health and safety,” said Jennifer M. Schmitt, senior vice president of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, who added that the FDA has no authority to impose prices.
“However, in cases where the FDA is concerned about possible safety concerns, the agency can require that a vendor supply FDA-approved labels or instructions to help consumers avoid harm.”
For its part, the Food and Wine Institute says it has “an open, transparent and transparent system” for making toppers, but adds that it is “not authorized to make any recommendations for what consumers should and should not do.”
“The FDA has never authorized a vendor to make an item and it is not authorized to force a vendor’s suppliers to make or sell topper products,” said FWI in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“We are committed to ensuring that our vendors meet FDA standards for safe and quality toppers that are manufactured and sold by responsible, ethical businesses.”
The FDA’s policy specifically says it “has no authority or jurisdiction over the seller of a product and cannot take actions to force the sale of toppers by any party.”
In other words, if you can’t get the vendor to do your wedding cake topped cake for you, don’t even try.