Under New Zealand labelling laws, palm oil can be labelled as any one of 200 different scientific names or generically as vegetable oil. Mandatory palm oil labelling would make it possible for consumers to avoid palm oil and it would create a level playing field for companies choosing to voluntarily label palm oil.
Palm Oil is the ingredient asocciated with large scale deforestation, indigenous human rights abuses, land conflicts, carbon emissions and wildlife loss. Until we have labelling consumers can not make the ethical choice to not buy palm oil.
Unmask Palm Oil is the New Zealand campaign for mandatory palm oil labelling, we campaign to make the Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, introduce labelling.
As the Minister it is your role to ensure consumers are well informed and able to make fully informed choices.
Palm Oil labelling is a matter of consumer choice, companies should be transparent enough to provide this information to allow consumers to make a simple ethical choice.