San Diego mother sues Nutella Claiming Chocolate bar in a Jar is Unhealthy
I can’t really admit to being shocked when I first read this little bit of news, especially after reading about the mother who sued McDonald’s over unhealthy Happy Meals.
However, as strange as that was, it looks as if another lawsuit-happy Californian mother is suing the makers of that delicious gooey hazelnut chocolate spread, Nutella over false advertising.
In the suit Athena Hohenberg of San Diego claims that she was “shocked to learn that Nutella was in fact, not ‘healthy, nutritious’ food, but instead was the next best thing to a candy bar, and that Nutella contains dangerous level of saturated fat.”
It’s a container full of hazelnut chocolate and sugar, how can you mistake that for healthy?
On its website, Nutella lists its ingredients as sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), and vanillin: an artificial flavor.
Perhaps she didn’t read the ingredients and was confused over the label, which does contain a rendering of a glass of milk and some delicious, fresh off the tree hazelnuts. Even still, can a little bit of hazelnut chocolate be considered as bad as the bowl of Sugar Pops or the sausage ‘n’ egger you occasionally stuff down your child’s throat?
Hohenberg, the parent of a Nutella-loving (presumably) 4-year-old, is seeking money from the Ferraro Co., which makes Nutella. I wonder if the fact that Ferraro is the richest man in Italy with an estimated worth of $11 billion has anything to do with the lawsuit.
The San Diego mother would like to turn her suit into a class action lawsuit. If a class action suit is filed, Hohenberg asks that any monetary judgment against the company be divided among “all persons who purchased on or after January 2000 one or more Nutella products in the United States for their own or household use.”
Come on lady, I grew up on Nutella and I still have all my teeth. Try mixing a little bit of fruits and vegetables into your kid’s diet instead depending on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread for your kid’s breakfast.
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