Sime Darby Urged UK Supermarket Chain to Join Palm Oil DiscussionThursday, April 19, 2018
Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SD Plantation) has urged UK supermarket chain Iceland to be part of the development and objective discussion on sustainable palm oil and to gain a greater understanding on the tangible benefits of buying sustainable palm oil, according to a Bernama news report last week.
In a statement recently, SD Plantation expressed disappointment over the chain’s ‘misguided decision’ to ban palm oil from all its own brand food lines. The company said with the global population projected to grow rapidly and hence fuelling an exponential increase in the demand for vegetable oils, a ban on palm oil should be seen as imprudent and unrealistic.
In a related development, the National Association of Small Holders (NASH) has denounced the action of Iceland supermarket in the United Kingdom to remove palm oil from all its own brand foods, claiming environmental issues. President Datuk Aliasak Ambia said the announcement was disrespectful and without any basis in fact. Aliasak also said the latest European Union research proved that palm oil was not a major factor in global deforestation.