Global palm oil industry watchdog accused of giving false environmental credibility to products

The palm oil industry is worth an estimated US$70 billion (S$95 billion) a year.
The palm oil industry is worth an estimated US$70 billion (S$95 billion) a year.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Consumers are being conned about the sustainability of the palm oil used to make products from cosmetics and foodstuff to biofuels, said a report by an international environmental group on Sunday (Nov 3).

But a global palm oil industry watchdog defended itself, saying it was guided by credible research organisations conducting independent research on the impacts of its certification process on the ground.

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