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UK supermarket ban on palm oil angers producers in Indonesia, Malaysia

PALM OIL producers have hit back at a UK supermarket’s announcement it will no longer use the ingredient in their home-brand products, claiming that the move was “discriminatory” and misleading. The Guardian first reported on April 10 that Iceland would become the first major chain in the UK to pledge there would be no palm oil used in its own-brand foods, in order to help prevent further deforestation of Southeast Asian forests. Iceland, which specialises in frozen food and operates around 900 stores, said it has already removed palm oil from half of its own-brand products. SEE ALSO: ‘Crop Apartheid’: Malaysia lashes out after EU votes to ban palm oil biofuels The 10-member Council of Palm Oil Producer Countries (CPOPC) this week protested the announcement, declaring that Iceland was misleading consumers. Moreover, the body claimed that the move could actually speed up environmental degradation and boost CO2 emissions. “The campaign to...

 

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