France goes after fatty snacks with 'Nutella tax'

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 1:45 PM

PARIS (AP) — First the French government went after the rich. Now it has it in for Nutella.

Despite an outcry in support of the beloved chocolate and hazelnut spread, the Senate passed a measure Wednesday that 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 ($51 million).

The measure is part of a bigger bill on financing the national health care 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 won't change.

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

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