France’s environment minister Ségolène Royal has offered “a thousand apologies” after urging the public to stop eating Nutella because it was destroying the environment.
Royal’s Italian counterpart told tell her to “leave Italian products alone” after she criticised the use of palm oil in the hazelnut spread, which is made by Italian confectionery company Ferrero.
Mille excuses pour la polémique sur le #Nutella. D'accord pour mettre en valeur les progrès.— Ségolène Royal (@RoyalSegolene) June 17, 2015
The spat over one of Italy’s most important products came at an already tense moment in Italian-French relations, with a bitter standoff over hundreds of migrants stranded in the Italian border city of Ventimiglia after being denied entry into France.