Woolworths announces sustainable palm oil action plan

Woolworths Supermarkets has announced a three point action plan for palm oil sourcing and labelling for private label food products, including Homebrand and Select.

The announcement follows Woolworth’s efforts to minimise the use of palm oil in its Select brand food products and consultation with WWF.

As part of its commitment, Woolworths will move to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil by 2015 for all Woolworths private label products, apply to become the first Australian retail member of the RSPO to advance the use of certified palm oil and establish consistent standards, and provide pack labelling of palm oil and derivatives in all Woolworths private label products.

Palm oil has become a common ingredient in manufacturing due to its functionality and it contains no trans fats. However, increased global demand for palm oil is putting considerable pressure on tropical rainforests and threatening the survival of native plants and animals. RSPO certified palm oil is sourced from sustainable and well managed plantations.

“Woolworths customers will be pleased to know that Woolworths is joining the list of global players who have committed to taking action on palm oil,” Greg Foran, Woolworths Supermarkets director, said.

“We would now encourage other Australian retailers and manufacturers to follow this lead and commit to buying sustainable palm oil.”

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