>> Nutella is going into battle with health campaigners. Italian manufacturer, Ferrero, say it will keep using palm oil to make the chocolaty spread. That despite claims that the ingredient could contain cancer-causing chemicals. Last year the European Food and Safety Authority said palm oil could contain more of a contaminant called GE.
Some Italian stalls banning the product in response. But Ferrero is unapologetic. It's taking out adverts to reassure consumers that palm oil is safe when properly used. The company says the substance is essential for Nutella's smooth texture and long shelf life. Alternatives like sunflower oil would also cost significantly more.
There's much more than just Nutella at stake. Palm oil is used in thousands of products worldwide including chocolates, margarine and snacks of all kinds. Producing it is a $44 billion industry. Ferrero rivals Unilever and Nestle. More cagey on the subject, they will only say they are working to minimize GE levels.
Even if the Italian firm wins this battle though, it's unlikely to win over healthy eaters. Nutella is more that 50% sugar. Something its many fans probably prefer to overlook.