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Popular nougat spread: Do dangerous pesticides poison the hazelnuts for Nutella?

Popular nougat spread: Do dangerous pesticides poison the hazelnuts for Nutella?


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Toxic pesticide is apparently used in the cultivation of Nutella nuts

The Nutella chocolate spread is repeatedly criticized for its high sugar and fat content. Now it became known that highly toxic pesticides are used to grow the hazelnuts that are needed for the cream.

Spread is always criticized

Nutella used to be advertised with the slogan "naturally healthy", but according to experts, there could be no question of it. The world's best known nut nougat cream has been described several times as a health hazard due to the high proportion of sugar and fat. And now, according to media reports, it has also become known that the cultivation of the hazelnuts that are required for the spread apparently uses highly toxic pesticides.

The main ingredients are sugar and fat

According to experts, the term "nut nougat cream" is rather misleading for Nutella, since the main ingredients are sugar and fat.

This can also be seen in the high calorie content. A glass contains 4520 calories, as reported on the Instagram account "caloriebrands".

The unhealthy ingredients have also been criticized in the past. France's former Environment Minister Ségolène Royal even called for the boycott of Nutella. "You have to stop eating Nutella," said the politician.

And the criticism of the chocolate spread keeps getting new food: Now it has been revealed that dangerous chemicals are apparently used to grow the required hazelnuts.

Pesticide banned in Europe

The Italian confectionery manufacturer Ferrero needs huge quantities of hazelnuts to manufacture its products Nutella, Hanuta and Co.

According to media reports, most of these come from Turkey, the leading exporter of hazelnuts, and from Italy. The company also has hazelnuts grown in Chile.

As the ARD has now uncovered, a highly toxic pesticide is used in the South American country, which is prohibited in Europe: paraquat.

Legal use

According to research by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), the toxic chemical is sprayed on Ferrero hazelnut plantations in Chile.

Empty Paraquat canisters can be seen on the side of the road next to the plantations in the article in the “Welttspiegel”.

The total herbicide can be used legally in Chile. It has been banned in Europe for around ten years. In addition to cancer, health experts can also cause kidney failure and reproductive problems in addition to cancer.

The world mirror that asked Ferrero for an opinion received the answer: “Our own Chilean plantations have not used paraquat for years. (…) The contracts concluded between Ferrero and the Chilean suppliers include a clear obligation not to use paraquat or any other plant protection product banned in the EU. ”

Glyphosate is also sprayed

However, a former worker in a local plantation has something else to report: “You spray close to the houses. With glyphosate and paraquat too, ”says Lazaro Aburto, according to ARD.

"Everything that the agrochemical industry recommends is used here." According to the President of the Nut Association, they do this legally in Chilie, as long as paraquat is no longer detected on arrival in Europe.

"The exporter Ferrero only has to make sure to comply with the European rules for pesticide residues as soon as the port is reached in Europe," said Nicolas di Cosme, President of ChileNuts. "You have to take care of that."

Ferrero informed Welttspiegel that their raw materials are being tested for plant toxins: “All hazelnuts (…) are analyzed for possible contaminants such as paraquat (…). No residues have been found so far. "

Consequences for people

And what are the consequences of using chemicals for the people of Chile?

"We have a lot of children with great learning difficulties," said Cesar Domarchi, school principal in San Clemente, according to ARD. "We assume that this is related to the pesticides."

According to the information, this assumption is confirmed by scientists. (ad)

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Video: INSIDE THE FACTORY: HOW NUTELLA IS MADE (June 2022).


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