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Is the palm oil in your products from sustainable sources?

Some of our products do contain palm oil, yes.  We’re aware that palm oil cultivation is a contributor to deforestation and climate change, and has a direct impact on the natural habitat of orangutans and other wildlife.

We'd like to assure you that we're committed to sourcing with integrity.  It’s important that the palm oil used in our products is sourced from plantations that can demonstrate they have not endangered tropical rainforests.  At the same time, we appreciate the economic contribution palm oil makes to many disadvantaged communities in growing regions, and we understand the need to support these communities to produce sustainable palm oil.

In 2007, we made a commitment that we would only use certified sustainable palm oil in our own brand products by 2014.

At the end of May 2008, our Basics fish fingers became the first food to be made with sustainable palm oil from the first RSPO (Round table on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified plantation.  Since then, we have also used sustainable palm oil in the rest of our frozen fish range, our standard bars of soap and most recently all our rich tea and digestive biscuits.

While many companies conceal the use of palm oil in their products by labelling it as vegetable oil, we know that our customers want to know which products contain it.  Our products are labelled as such, although a small number of the longer life products on our shelves may still be in the old packaging.  We’ve also introduced our own ‘sustainable palm oil’ logo, which you’ll see on the packaging.

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