The company that makesNutella, a spread made from chocolate and hazelnuts, has agreed to give refunds to people who bought the product because they thought it was good for them.
Four women in the United States sued the company, Ferrero U.S.A., Inc., because they said it made misleading claims about the product. Television commercials for Nutella describe it as part of a balanced breakfast, along with toast, milk and fruit.
The women said they bought Nutella because they believed it was a healthy food to give their families. Then they found out that the spread contains large amounts of sugar and fat. Eating too much fat and sugar can contribute to obesity – being overweight — which is not good for your health.
According to the nutritional information on the label, two tablespoons of Nutella (about 37 grams) contains 11 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar, and only three grams of protein. That’s about the same amount as a chocolate bar. (For instance, an Aero bar has 11 grams of fat, 24 grams of sugar and three grams of protein.)
Ferrero has agreed to refund the money of anyone in the U.S. who bought Nutella between January 2008 and February 2012. They will pay $4 per jar, up to a total of $20.00 per person. It will probably cost the company about $3-million to provide refunds to everyone who asks for one.
Ferrero has also agreed to change the way it labels and advertises Nutella.