The War Against Nutella

by Andrew Stuttaford

The Commentator reports:

According to OECD figures, French government spending as a percentage of GDP is a whopping 56 percent. Just quote that figure to anyone who tells you we live in a neo-liberal, free-market capitalist world (the average in OECD countries is 46 percent, by the way)….

According to France 24, the latest piece of dirigisme comes in the form of an attempt to hike taxes by 300 percent (!) on a key ingredient in the all too delicious Nutella hazlenut chocolate spread…. 

France 24 reports that:

“The bill, which was adopted by a Senate commission and heads to the National Assembly this week for review, has been dubbed by French media as the “Nutella tax”. Upon careful inspection of the spread’s ingredients, it turns out that roughly 20 percent of the product is made of palm oil, which is known to be high in saturated fats and can potentially cause heart disease.

“The widespread use of palm oil has also been criticised for leading to deforestation in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.”

Blah, blah, blah… any excuse for the nanny state…

But, but, it’s for the children trees.

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