Palm oil progress uncertain

UK IMPORTS OF sustainable palm oil may be as high as 93%, or as low as 72%, according to 2014 data released by DEFRA.

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The former figure is calculated from EU data, whilst the latter is from Oil World statistics. With a 100% by 2015 target, the department may well be inclined to go with Europe’s assessment.


The target has been criticised because it excludes any consumer goods containing palm oil that are imported. Palm oil can be found in 50% of the brands in an average shopping basket.