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Jakarta Post

Economy in brief: CPOPC council slams UK supermarket

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  12:42 am

The Council of Palm Oil Producer Countries (CPOPC), which has 10 member countries including Indonesia, has protested against British supermarket chain Iceland following the latter’s decision to remove palm oil from its own-brand food by the end of 2018.The supermarket chain claimed that palm oil production was contributing to deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia and threatened to cause the extinction of endangered species, Reuters reported recently.CPOPC executive director Mahendra Siregar said in a press statement on Sunday that the supermarket’s move created a misleading view among global consumers toward palm oil as it would likely trigger “negative campaigns toward the palm oil industry worldwide”.Mahendra, who is a former Indonesian deputy trade minister, claimed that palm oil helped protect land all over the world as it had the highest productivity compared to other vege...