Iceland to remove palm oil from all own-brand food

Iceland shopping aisle

Iceland has announced it will be the first UK supermarket to remove palm oil from all its own-brand food.

The retailer says you'll see a 'No Palm Oil' sticker on all of its packaging by the end of the year, with palm oil replaced with more sustainable fats and oils.

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Palm oil is a bit of a wonder ingredient and found in food, cosmetics and more – in fact, in over half of all supermarket products, according to Iceland – and its dominance is causing massive destruction of rainforests. As a knock-on effect, orangutans are critically endangered in many areas, and we humans and the environment are feeling the effects too.

Richard Walker, Iceland Managing Director, says this is the reason for the ban.

"Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying 'no to palm oil'," he says. "We don't believe there is such a thing as 'sustainable' palm oil available to retailers, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy."

This short video, by Iceland, is a really good introductory look at the destruction caused by palm oil production.

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