Selfridges has become the first major British retailer to make own-brand food free of palm oil.
The luxury department store achieved the milestone nine months ahead of target. The move is part of its long-term sustainability strategy, which aims to make 50% of its products more ethically and sustainably sourced by 2022.
Palm oil is present in more than half of supermarket products from food to cosmetics but only a small percentage is from an officially approved source, with much of the palm oil found in products on UK shelves contributing to deforestation in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
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