Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

French angry over 'Nutella tax'

The french Senate has passed a measure which would triple the tax on Nutella (AP)

First the French government went after the rich. Now it has it in for Nutella.

Despite an outcry in support of the much-loved chocolate and hazelnut spread, the Senate passed a measure which would triple the tax on palm and some other vegetable oils in the hope of cutting down on obesity.

The "Nutella tax" would affect any foods made with those oils and bring in about 40 million euro (£32 million).

The measure is part of a bigger Bill on financing the national healthcare system and aims to push manufacturers to use healthier alternatives.

But Frederic Thil, the head for France of Ferrero, which makes the spread, told Le Parisien newspaper that the recipe will not change.

The lower house of parliament still has to vote on the tax.

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