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Nutella and Cancer? Spread Maker Eases Fears After Palm Oil Report

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 03:26 PM

After Nutella fans' anguished reactions to a study suggesting the spread may contain a cancer-causing substance, Nutella maker Ferrero says it's not as bad as the study makes it seem.

The European Food Safety Authority has determined using palm oil as an ingredient in processed foods can lead to the formation of a contaminant known as GE, which has been shown to be carcinogenic. No safe level of GE was set by the EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain, but the body did not advise consumers to stop ingesting palm oil products.

Ferrero is defending its use of palm oil in the popular chocolate and hazelnut spread Nutella. The Italian company is investing in advertising designed to educate its customers about its use of palm oil and calm their fears.

According to Reuters, while the EFSA report said palm oil processed at 200 degrees or higher creates GE, Ferrero says it processes its palm oil for Nutella lower than 200 degrees so that minimal GE contaminants are created, making it safer for consumers than other palm oil products.

“Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward,” Vincenzo Tapella, Ferrero’s purchasing manager, told Reuters. Not only would other oils not produce the same smooth, creamy texture, he said, they would cost more than palm oill.

The EFSA does not make regulations regarding the use of food products and additives, and there are no plans by the European Commission to ban palm oil at this time, according to Reuters.

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After Nutella fans' anguished reactions to a study suggesting the spread may contain a cancer-causing substance, Nutella maker Ferrero says it's not as bad as the study makes it seem.
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