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Do your products contain palm oil and is it from a sustainable source?

Some of our products do contain palm oil, yes.  We're aware palm oil cultivation can contribute to deforestation and climate change, and have 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 the palm oil used in our products is sourced from plantations that can demonstrate they've not endangered tropical rainforests.  At the same time, we appreciate the economic contribution palm oil makes to many disadvantaged communities in growing regions.  We understand the need to support these communities to produce sustainable palm oil.

In 2007, we made a commitment that we'd only source sustainable palm oil in our own brand products by the end of 2014.

In May 2008, our Basics fish fingers became the first food on UK supermarket shelves to be made with sustainable palm oil from the first RSPO (Round table on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified plantation.  Since then we've made a lot of progress towards meeting our 2014 target and many of our biscuits, breads and soaps contain sustainable palm oil.

We're also committed to honest and transparent labelling.  We were the first British supermarket to identify palm oil rather than ‘vegetable oil’ on the labels of all fresh and chilled food, and we now label all major palm oil ingredients in all of our food products.  We have also developed our own green dot logo to help customers easily identify where sustainable palm oil is being used in products so look out for this when you next visit our stores.

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