The French environment minister called on the public to stop eating Nutella, a famous chocolate hazelnut spread, because it leads to global warming and does harm to the environment.
Segolene Royal, who is France’s minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and was formerly involved in a romantic relationship with Socialist President Francois Hollande for over two decades, told a French television outlet that “We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil.”
“Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment,” Royal asserted. But Ferrero, the Italian manufacturer of Nutella, shot back at Roya in a statement, albeit indirectly, insisting their product is anything but environmentally harmful:
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Ferrero sources approximately 170,000 metric tons of palm oil, out of a worldwide production of 60 million metric tons, meaning that Ferrero’s impact on the palm oil supply chain represents less than 0.3 percent.
All Ferrero products sold everywhere in the world, are produced with palm fruit oil that is 100 percent certified as sustainable according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Royal conceded the point to the company and apologized on Twitter:
Mille excuses pour la polémique sur le #Nutella. D’accord pour mettre en valeur les progrès.
— Ségolène Royal (@RoyalSegolene) June 17, 2015
As Agence France Presse (AFP) pointed out, Ferrero gets almost 80 percent of its palm oil from Malaysia, with the rest coming from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Brazil.
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