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Cadbury, Natural Confectionery products dropped by Melbourne Zoo over palm oil fears

by on March 6, 2019 in Business, featured item, Latest News, Lead Article, News you can use, Nuggets

Cadbury, Natural Confectionery products dropped by Melbourne Zoo over palm oil fears

Cadbury chocolates and lollies from the Natural Confectionery Company are being dumped from the shelves at Melbourne Zoo.

  • Parent company Mondelez has “not committed to certified sustainable palm oil”

  • Palm oil production has destroyed the habitats of animals including orangutans and elephants

  • The move comes after Zoos Victoria removed Nestle products from its shelves over similar concerns last year

Zoos Victoria chief executive officer Dr Jenny Gray said it made the decision after the parent company of Cadbury and the Natural Confectionery Company, Mondelez, failed to declare where the palm oil used in its products comes from.

“They have not committed to certified sustainable palm oil and we cannot in good conscience keep selling those products,” she said.

“We are absolutely serious about mandatory labelling.”

Palm oil production has destroyed the habitats of rare and endangered animals including orangutans, tigers, gibbons and elephants.

Vision of an orangutan seemingly under assault from heavy machinery in Indonesia went viral on social media last June, briefly putting the issue of illegal palm oil operations back in the spotlight.

Last year, Zoos Victoria removed Nestle from its kiosks and food carts in Melbourne, Werribee and Healesville after the company was suspended from an organisation that promotes the sustainable use of palm oil.

Dr Gray says Zoos Victoria’s has launched a new campaign called


with more information at zoo.org.au/labelpalmoilalready

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