Saturday, January 18, 2014

11700: Sweet Racism.

From The New York Daily News…

German racist candy pulled from shelves

Haribo stopped the blackface licorice designs in its ‘Skipper Mix’ after complaints from Swedish customers.

By David Harding / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A German candy-maker has had to pull “racist” sweets from the shelves.

Haribo has removed the blackface licorice designs after customer complained in Sweden.

“I understand the criticism and think it’s important to listen to the customers,” said the company’s director, Ola Dagliden, reported The Local, citing Swedish website Nyheter24. The designs which have been accused of being racist were meant to represent a sailor’s trip around the world and some of the people he encountered.

They were sold in Haribo’s “Skipper Mix” packets. The product will still be sold but without the offending items, reported The Local.

Complaints from customers were registered with the company last December.

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