facebook
twitter
search
search

Blackface licorice pulled after racism complaints

Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Candy company Haribo said it is pulling blackface licorice candies from the Swedish market following complaints they are racist.

Ola Dagliden, head of the German-headquartered company's Swedish wing, said the offending licorice pieces were being removed from the Skipper Mix packets after customers complained they resembled racist caricatures, TheLocal.se reported Friday.

"I understand the criticism and think it's important to listen to the customers," Dagliden said.

He said the complaints started in December.

"After that, we made the decision to take the candy in question out of production," he said.

Dagliden said the Skipper Mix packets will still be available, but the blackface licorice will no longer be included.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Florida man's kayak capsizes while trying to catch a shark
Lightning lights up Cinderella's castle, delays fireworks
Obama disagrees with the New York Times suggestion to add peas to guacamole