Reply to "Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder"

Hi! I am new to cookie connection and hoping to jump into this conversation. I applied for my class A cottage food license in California (I'm in Sacramento county) and I just received a call saying my application was denied because of the royal icing. The inspector said that I have to find a new icing to use, and then listed off the approved icings. I use meringue powder, but he insisted that is no different than using eggs. I'm angry and devastated all at once. I continued to argue that none of the ingredients in the royal icing violated the cottage food laws, but he didn't care. He said, "I will approve it, but you have to change your icing. Do you want to tell me now what icing you will use? Or do you want to call me back once you've decided?" I don't want to be dishonest and tell him I'll use flat icing when I know I will not be changing my royal icing recipe. I want to go about this the right way. Has anyone been able to make progress on a solution? Would you like to team up and figure out how we can get royal icing on the approved list? I am a detail-oriented person, I researched the cottage food laws extensively before applying, and I was confident that royal icing wasn't violating the law in any way. I'm shocked and heartbroken, but I don't want to give up on this. 

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