Nutella’s biggest manufacturer has halted production of the chocolate-and-hazelnut spread at its largest factory in France.

The move at the Villers-Ecalles site in Normandy came after a “quality defect” was discovered.

It produces around 600,000 jars a day, or about a quarter of all the Nutella made worldwide.

Nutella’s Italian owner Ferrero, said it had suspended production at the site as a precautionary measure.

“As far as I am aware at the moment, there is no health problem,” French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume told CNews.

“From what I know, this is an economic problem.”

Ferrero’s France affiliate said it had discovered a quality defect in one of the ingredients used for making Nutella as well as Kinder Bueno candy bars.

The manufacturer said the defect was not related to its standards of quality.

“For now, we can say no products currently on the market are impacted by the situation and that the supply to our customers continues without interruption,” the company said.

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  • These things happen I guess.


  • Good on them for looking into it.


  • I hope it’s re opened soon. A quarter of the worlds nutella production is done here, it simply can’t stay shut forever. I didn’t realise they make Ferraro too, my favourite chocolates


  • If it’s not good for us , I don’t want it.


  • I’d say its a supplier not following standards and they aren’t taking risks so shut it down. Hopefully its sorted soon.


  • This is odd – a defect but not quality or health?


  • I can imagine many Nutella fans going Nuts right now!


  • Very responsible of them for halting production while they sort things out. Love their Ferrero Rocher chocolates so hopefully the situation can be sorted quickly


  • He’s done the right thing. Whatever has happened needs to be fixed because Nutella is well loved in my household lol


  • I was freaking out that there was going to be a nutell shortage or that it will no longer be in our shelves


  • Nooo!!! I love Nutella!


  • They advise of an issue but wont discuss in further is worrying


  • The issue will be fixed and production will resume soon. The headline makes it sounds like it’s been permanently shut down.

    • Headings are often misleading. There has been a few in all media outlets


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