US-based Cargill urged Sime Darby Plantation, the world’s biggest oil palm grower, to provide details on how it has addressed the US Customs and Border Protection’s findings of forced labour in its products.
Cargill said it will review its decision when more information becomes available.
According to SIMEPLT group managing director Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha said there’ll be a lot more attention on this. “We cannot "BURY OUR HEADS" in the sand. "It’s an issue that needs to be tackled".
Sime Darby Plantation will submit a report on its labour practices to the US Customs & Border Protection by the end of the month.
Indonesia's mandatory domestic palm oil sales requiring local palm oil producers there to sell 20% of their production to domestic refiners at discount prices.
It said the domestic market obligation requirement comes as Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, is in a bid to curb a rise in domestic cooking oil prices that had climbed about 40% year-on-year.
Oil prices are hitting all-time highs worldwide, creating long lines and panic buying. If that reads like an old story, consider this: we're not talking about fuel oil here. We're talking about food oil, and sunflower oil and palm oil in particular.
In the case of sunflower oil, it's because of a sharp decrease in supply due to the war in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine together accounted for 75 percent of sunflower oil production before the war began, with Ukraine the world's largest exporter. With harvests in Ukraine stalled , and sanctions in place against Russian firms, production and exports have slumped: exports from Ukraine are down 95 percent since the invasion, and if the war grinds on, Ukrainian farmers risk missing their harvesting and planting windows.
The sunflower oil shortage has hit some Western countries particularly hard. Sunflower oil is one of the most popular cooking oils in Germany and the UK, both of which love their deep-fried foods and value (or valued) sunflower oil for its relatively low price point and comparatively high smoke point. The shortage has created runs on sunflower oil in both countries, with grocery stores rationing sales after shelves were cleared of all supplies, and some restaurants in Germany taking fries off the menu.
EXCLUSIVE-Malaysia may cut palm oil export tax amid global supply crisis - Reuters News 10-May-2022 02:46:16 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Reuters) - Malaysia is considering cutting its export tax on palm oil and plans to slow implementation of its biodiesel mandate to help meet global demand amid an edible oil shortage, its commodities minister told Reuters on Tuesday.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said in an interview her ministry has already proposed the cut to the finance ministry, which has set up a committee to look into the details.
Malaysia, the world's second-largest palm oil producer, could cut the tax to 4%-6% from the current 8%, she said.
The cut would likely be temporary and a decision could be made as early as June, Zuraida said.
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