Ferrero admits to changing Nutella recipe

THE maker of chocolate and hazelnut spread Nutella has acknowledged adjusting its formula following a report by a German consumer group.

The Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre said that a jar of spread made by the Italian chocolate firm Ferrero now contains 8.7 per cent powdered skim milk, compared to 7.5 per cent previously, based on an analysis of the product label.

Ferrero said it had made an "adjustment" to the spread as many brands regularly do with their products.

"The quality... and all the other characteristics of Nutella remain the same," the company said.

However the consumer association noted that the colour of the spread was now lighter.

"As the colour of the new Nutella is lighter, we are working on the assumption that skimmed milk powder was added at the expense of cacao," it said, noting that Ferrero is not required to disclose the amount of cacao in Nutella.

The association said the amount of sugar - which already accounted for half the product - has increased further, rising from 55.9 to 56.3 per cent.


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