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Ukraine Bans Palm Oil

Ukraine Bans Palm Oil

Backed by 233 members of parliament, the Ukraine parliament has voted to amend various Ukraine laws in a move that will ban the use of palm oil for food production.

“The purpose of the bill is clarification, namely a direct ban on the use of palm oil in the production of food, milk and dairy products and the establishment of administrative liability for the offense committed.”

It is also proposed that there be a fine on the company management and organizations that produce food with palm oil content and the sale of food that contains the ingredient.

The European parliament voted last April to prohibit sales of bio fuels made from vegetable oils by 2020 in order to meet its climate goals by fulfilling forest protection goals through tightening oversight of supply chains for palm oil and other products..

Earlier this year, environmental activist and artist Ernest Zacharevic carved a SOS into 20 hectares of palm oil plantation in Sumatra. The Sumatran Orangutan Society had purchased the land for the artist to make the carving. 

You can get the Palm Oil Investigations Barcode Scanner if you want to know the status of palm oil in products you are purchasing. Or The Orangutan Alliance identifies product with no palm oil.

Image: Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)
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