Cadbury’s controversial decision to change the recipe for the popular Fruit and Nut chocolate bar has dominated this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Labour leader continued his policy of reading out questions from the public.
This is from Ida, from Hartlepool,” began Jeremy Corbyn.
“Why are you letting Cadburys add sultanas to the Fruit and Nut bar? My mother fought in the war.”
The Prime Minister tried to defend the quality of chocolate bars under a Tory Government saying that ‘those new malteaser reindeers are absolutely spiffing, I had Jeeves buy a box for the pantry.”
But Mr Corbyn wasn’t about to let the topic drop.
“From Harold, Southend,” he continued.
“Sultanas in the Fruit and Nut bar? We might as well just let Vladimir Putin have the country.”
The PM was left lost for words when Mr Corbyn accused him of ‘letting down the country for generations to come,’ over his handling of ‘Sultana-gate’.
The Fruit and nut crisis looks to be gaining traction with the PM’s own backbenchers muttering darkly about how this wouldn’t happen under Theresa May, and a planned protest on the streets of Birmingham expected to draw over 100,000 people.
With plans to remove the green ones from fruit pastilles over the next few weeks, this could well be the biggest test of David Cameron’s leadership to date.
The new Fruit & Nut bars will be made at the Cadbury factory in Bournville, Birmingham, and will be on sale by the end of the month. The packaging is to remain exactly the same, as will the size and weight of the bars, so shoppers will have to check the ingredients to find out whether they are buying the old or new version.
Last year the company said it would stop making and selling chocolate bars in Britain containing more than 250 calories, in response to the government’s voluntary anti-obesity drive.
It said it would phase out “bar and a half” products such as Dairy Milk bar and a half and also consider altering the size of at least two other brands, which would be correspondingly reduced in price.
Post by Berry McPaper-cuts on Nov 9, 2015 10:14:53 GMT
It's a double whammy - if we stop buying it they will discontinue it, if we keep on buying they will just keep on altering all the other chocolate we know and love. This is what happens when other nations take over our companies.