Pesticides in Nutella? Hazelnuts may contain a herbicide that is banned in the EU

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Pesticides also in Nutella? The Chilean hazelnuts used in the preparation of the most famous spreadable cream in the world are treated with paraquat, a herbicide herbicide with a desiccant action, non-selective and banned in the European Union and with glyphosate. This has been established by several studies including a research conducted by the Pesticides Action Network (PAN).



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Pesticides also in Nutella? The Chilean hazelnuts used in the preparation of the world's most famous spread are treated with paraquat, a herbicide pesticide with a desiccant action, non-selective and banned in the European Union and with glyphosate. This has been established by several studies including a research conducted by the Pesticides Action Network (PAN).



To produce Nutella and other products, the Ferrero it needs huge quantities of hazelnuts which are mostly imported from Chile, where paraquat is not banned even though it is a toxic chemical agent (banned by the EU since 2011).

In Chile, therefore, it is used regularly and is legal. As Weltspiegel explains it is sprayed into the hazelnut plantations from which the Ferrero product is then produced and the proof would be that some empty bottles of paraquat were found in the ground. The German newspaper then received many reports of workers (who want to remain anonymous) who denounced the conditions in which they are forced to stay in the fields.

What are the consequences for human health?

The agent is highly toxic and according to Pan, could lead to kidney and respiratory failure or visual and liver damage. Not to mention the damage to the skin for Chilean workers who often are without adequate protection while spraying paraquat and glyphosate, a pesticide considered potentially carcinogenic.

Weltspiegel asked for one replies to Ferrero, and this is the answer:

“All hazelnuts are analyzed (…) to see if there are any paraquat contaminations, but so far no residue has been found. Our recent analysis confirms that agricultural poisons rarely end up in nuts ”.

Scientists who ask for the ban on suspicious pesticides, potentially dangerous in the final product and especially for workers in the fields.

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