Redmart to stop carrying APP products following haze allegations

A worker picking grocery items according to customer orders at RedMart's warehouse.
A worker picking grocery items according to customer orders at RedMart's warehouse. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Online groceries retailer RedMart announced on Monday (Oct 19) that all paper products sourced from the Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) would be withdrawn from sale, over the company's purported links to Indonesian forest fires causing the haze.

The announcement, made on its Facebook page, stated that the withdrawal was done voluntarily based on investigations into APP's involvement by the Singapore Environment Council and the National Environment Agency , as well as the temporary suspension of the Green Label certification of APP's exclusive distributor, Universal Sovereign Trading.

Affected items include products under the Paseo and NICE brands.

In the post, RedMart said that it carried 13 other paper products that were Green Label certified and its own house brand paper products were certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

Redmart is the latest in a line of retailers to stop selling APP products. Supermarket chains FairPrice, Sheng Siong and Prime stopped carrying the company's paper products earlier this month.

The Dairy Farm group, which operates chains such as 7-Eleven, Giant and Cold Storage, has also announced that it will no longer be purchasing products from APP once current stocks are sold out.