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SD Mother Wins Nutella Lawsuit
NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Apr 27, 2012 | Lauren Steussy

Posted on 04/27/2012 6:27:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Marketing Nutella as “healthy” was deceptive, woman claimed

A San Diego woman who claimed Nutella deceived consumers by marketing their product as “healthy” won a class-action lawsuit on Friday.

Athena Hohenberg filed the lawsuit against Ferrero USA, Inc. – the makers of the chocolaty hazelnut spread – last February.

Hohenberg said she learned through the grapevine what ingredients where actually in Nutella. She was surprised that the nutritional value in the spread "was the next best thing to a candy bar," read her complaint.

At the time, Hohenberg was serving the spread to her four-year-old daughter, and didn't realize the product contained about 70 percent saturated fat and processed sugar by weight.

Advertising deceptively showed a mother feeding the spread over fruit and bread to "happy, healthy children." Ferrero USA, Inc. settled for $3.05 million in the California Southern District Court. The money will be distributed to people who purchased Nutella in California between August 1, 2009 and January 23, 2012 – or in any other state between January 1, 2008 and February 3, 2012. The iconic Nutella jar will look a little different after this settlement. Nutella can no longer call itself "An example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast," as it has on its back panel for years.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: food; health; marketing

1 posted on 04/27/2012 6:27:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Nuts! There is more than one John Edwards out there. Unfortunately.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 6:30:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Ohmigosh! All of Germany is being done in as we speak! That’s all they eat there. I hope she gets a $10 check and nothing more. Who doesn’t know it is made of CHOCOLATE? Duh.


3 posted on 04/27/2012 6:37:40 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: nickcarraway

Of the $3.05 million, you can bet $3 million is going to the class action lawyers.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 6:39:19 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: nickcarraway

This woman and her slimy attorney should both be drowned in a delicious, chocolatey vat of Nutella.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 6:39:19 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: bboop

Chocolate. And wall paper paste. And radioactive ant particles. And that’s just the good stuff.


6 posted on 04/27/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bboop

Exactly. I first had this stuff while in Germany. Any moron who ever thought that it was “healthy” can’t be very bright and probably doesn’t even know what the definition of “healthy” is.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 6:48:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey lady, it’s CHOCOLATE and NUTS, duh it’s a spreadable candy bar. I think chocolate and hazelnuts would be a fine breakfast lol No worse than cereal which is sugar and carbohydrates (same thing lol). Most cereal nowadays seems to be miniature cookies anyway. People have been eating Nutella for decades with no ill effects.


8 posted on 04/27/2012 6:51:13 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: dinodino
This woman and her slimy attorney should both be drowned boiled in a delicious, chocolatey vat of Nutella.
9 posted on 04/27/2012 6:53:44 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

>> Any moron who ever thought that it was “healthy” can’t be very bright

Yeah! It’s obvious that it’s no good for you, unlike, say, glazed donuts. Or butter.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 6:55:58 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: nickcarraway

Wait... candy bars aren’t healthy ?!?!


11 posted on 04/27/2012 6:58:20 PM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: nickcarraway

Wait... candy bars aren’t healthy ?!?!


12 posted on 04/27/2012 6:59:17 PM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: nickcarraway
Hohenberg said she learned through the grapevine what ingredients where actually in Nutella.

I'm sure the ingredients and nutritional information are on the package.
13 posted on 04/27/2012 6:59:29 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: 6SJ7

>> Of the $3.05 million, you can bet $3 million is going to the class action lawyers.

Wouldn’t it be fun to hang them *all* — plaintiff and her lawyers alike — from hooks, in a barn, and use those thingies they use to force-feed grain to geese to stuff them full of Nutella? Then cut out their livers and pack them into pate cans.

(I’m sort of mean and sadistic when it comes to irresponsible liberals and their lawyers.)


14 posted on 04/27/2012 6:59:54 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: nickcarraway
she learned through the grapevine what ingredients where actually in Nutella

So, they sold this food without listing the ingredients or having a nutritional label?

15 posted on 04/27/2012 7:00:56 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: nickcarraway
Advertising deceptively showed a mother feeding the spread over fruit and bread to "happy, healthy children."

What the heck does that mean? You can't eat nutella and be happy and healthy?
16 posted on 04/27/2012 7:01:59 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: andyk

>> I’m sure the ingredients and nutritional information are on the package.

You don’t expect the plaintiff to read, and think, and take responsibility for her *own* actions — do you?

When there’s a perfectly good *state* lying around to protect her?

~shame on you!~


17 posted on 04/27/2012 7:02:51 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: andyk

That was my thought. What mother today doesn’t know to read the labels. Just the additives alone are enough to make it dangerous.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 7:06:32 PM PDT by TXLady
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To: nickcarraway
People are healthy (or not). Food is healthful (or, sometimes, not).

Sorry. It's the editor gene.

19 posted on 04/27/2012 7:14:55 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: nickcarraway

When will we start decorating lampposts with these vermin?


20 posted on 04/27/2012 7:18:49 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: Nervous Tick
You don’t expect the plaintiff to read, and think, and take responsibility for her *own* actions — do you?

Boy, I've got some nerve!
21 posted on 04/27/2012 7:22:10 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: nickcarraway
Hohenberg said she learned through the grapevine what ingredients where actually in Nutella

The grapevine? Could she not read the label or taste it? Nutella is nothing but the soft inside of truffles. Chocolate and the hazelnut version of peanut butter.

22 posted on 04/27/2012 7:27:10 PM PDT by bgill
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To: nickcarraway

If it is that bad, she just shouldn’t buy it! What are the real economic damages possible for one jar of the stuff ... $5.00? If she bought more than one jar she should be deemed to be stupid and introduced to Slow Joe.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 7:34:11 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: nickcarraway

If it is that bad, she just shouldn’t buy it! What are the real economic damages possible for one jar of the stuff ... $5.00? If she bought more than one jar she should be deemed to be stupid and introduced to Slow Joe.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 7:34:26 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: bboop

Nothing that good can be healthy. Taste alone screams chocolate.


25 posted on 04/27/2012 7:36:21 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Nervous Tick

I butter just about everything that requires a spread,and I’ve never eaten Nutella.

Don’t knock butter.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 7:41:54 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: nickcarraway

My jar lists the ingredients and nutritional info. No artificial preservatives, lots of sugar, some protein, the rest isn’t worth mentioning. I didn’t see the word “healthy” on the label, only the phrase “This is what a balanced breakfast looks like” with a picture of Nutella on bread and various fruit. This tiny presentation is on the back and unlikely to convince anyone in the grocery store to purchase it for health reasons. You buy it because hazelnut chocolate tastes good.

I don’t even waste it on bread; it’s s great pre-made frosting. Much better than actual canned frosting which tastes like flavored preservatives..


27 posted on 04/27/2012 7:43:42 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

“... it’s great pre-made frosting”.

It does taste close to a ganache. That being said, heat some in the micro and pour it over ice cream. Very good. And no... it isn’t “good” for you. It simply tastes good.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 7:50:27 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: andyk

That is what I was thinking... like can’t you read a label woman?


29 posted on 04/27/2012 7:50:57 PM PDT by GingerC
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Party pooper ping


30 posted on 04/27/2012 7:54:25 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: nickcarraway
I thought chocolate was proved to be healthy because of the antioxidants in it?
When her kid gets cancer she can sue her mother for taking her medicine away.
31 posted on 04/27/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: nickcarraway; All
oh, c'mon, she's from San Diego.... You know Californians can't actually read the list of ingredients.... :D
32 posted on 04/27/2012 8:16:52 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: momtothree

Thank you for the suggestion.


33 posted on 04/27/2012 8:26:57 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve never bought it before but Nutella is going on the ‘ole shopping list.


34 posted on 04/27/2012 9:06:01 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: nickcarraway

Is this a f-ing JOKE? This is insane!


35 posted on 04/27/2012 9:38:46 PM PDT by montag813
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To: skr

Spread? Frosting?

I just eat it by the spoonful.


36 posted on 04/27/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: nickcarraway

Nutella sounds like something I need to try.


37 posted on 04/27/2012 10:26:29 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: skr

Put a tablespoon in a wonton wrapper, fry it for a minute or so, dust it with some powdered sugar. Makes a quick, fun dessert. It’s my daughters’ favorite treat when they have sleepovers. But, because it has never occurred to me that Nutella may even be remotely healthful, I only make it on special occasions. This woman couldn’t read a label?


38 posted on 04/28/2012 5:28:17 AM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: Mears

>> Don’t knock butter.

Are you kidding? I *love* butter! Butter is one of the four major food groups (along with steak, candy bars, and beer).

Nutella is tasty too; you should try it.


39 posted on 04/28/2012 5:44:34 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: nickcarraway

I hope she eats Vegemite for all eternity.


40 posted on 04/28/2012 6:03:12 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway

Ugh, have you TASTED the stuff? Nutella is vile. Really, really vile.

It’s for loser third-world countries like Germany and France that don’t have Cocoa Puffs.


41 posted on 04/28/2012 7:03:35 AM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: don-o
I think it has extra-special natural vitamin goodness.

So there.

Where's my money!!!???

42 posted on 04/28/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (My name is Mrs. Don-o, and I am a chocoholic.)
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To: nickcarraway

Why are the courts subsidizing stupid people?


43 posted on 04/28/2012 7:17:27 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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