DEFRA commits to ‘sustainable’ palm oil in food

Business groups and DEFRA have committed to using sustainable palm oil in food but only the government has set a deadline.

Palm oil used in food for central government in England will have to meet sustainability requirements by the end of 2015, the environment department (DEFRA) said on 30 October.

This is part of a joint commitment with 13 sector companies and WWF to “work towards” sourcing 100% “credibly certified” sustainable palm oil across the UK by the end of 2015.1

However, the statement’s wording does not explicitly commit all signatories to source only certified material. WWF and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have signed up but say the statement lacked time-bound commitments.

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