Nutella maker sued over health claims
Give your kid a candy bar or serve them a nutella sandwich? If you thought the answer was obvious, think again.
Ferrero U.S.A. Inc., the company that owns Nutella—a creamy, hazelnut and chocolate spread for those who have been living under a rock, or never smoked a fatty and subsequently spooned your way through a couple of jars—has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit to those who believe they were misguided into thinking that Nutella was “healthier than it actually is”.
It all started when a California mom named Athena Hohenberg decided to take legal action last year. Hohenberg—who’s up for Mother of the Year, we’re told—was feeding her four-year-old daughter Nutella thinking that it was “healthy” and “part of a balanced meal” as the TV ads for the product claim. I know what you’re thinking: What? TV ads make false claims? You shouldn’t believe everything you see or hear on TV?? No way!
Well, apparently a ton of other moms sending their kids to school with Nutella sandwiches feel the same way as Hohenberg, and Ferrero has been required to pay a total of $3 million and change some of the language in its TV ads and on labels. Of the $3 million, $2.5 million will be divided among claimants (If you live in the U.S. and believe you were misguided into buying a jar of Nutella, you can still submit a claim through the Nutella Class Action Settlement website until July 5), which works out to about $4 per jar, for those who are wondering.
Unfortunately, for those of us residing in the Great White North who have been putting the chocolate-hazelnut spread on everything short of our toothbrushes, there’s no monetary award for us—yet.
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