I'm late to join this conversation, but I too was told that my California CFO (San Diego) was approved...I only had to substitute for meringue powder. I didn't actually cry, but I almost did! I looked around online and was tempted to try a gelatin substitution or even one using liquid drained from a can of chick peas, but I haven't had the heart yet! Has anyone tried these to do things like transfers or roses with substitutions? Any progress in having meringue powder shown to be non potentially hazardous? I'm ready to help!