Fans of the beloved chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella were stunned by recent reports that one of the product's key ingredients could pose a cancer risk. Now, Ferrero, the Italian confectionary company who produces the sugary treat, are pushing back against these claims and insisting their use of the controversial ingredient is here to stay.
Though the potential dangers associated with palm oil — key to Nutella's shelf life and characteristically smooth texture—first emerged last spring, a Reuters report published this week sent Nutella lovers into panic mode.
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Last May, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published findings that claimed palm oil generated more of a potentially cancer-causing contaminant — known as GE — than other varieties of vegetable oil when refined above 200 degrees Celcius. Though the EFSA didn't make an official recommendation to refrain from consuming the ingredient, the warning was enough to alarm Italian retailers and consumers.