US bans second Malaysian palm oil giant

AP – The United States (US) said it will ban all shipments of palm oil from one of the world’s biggest producers after finding indicators of forced labour and other abuses on plantations that feed into the supply chains of some of America’s most famous food and cosmetic companies.

The order against Malaysian-owned Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its local subsidiaries, joint ventures and affiliates followed an intensive months-long investigation by the US Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade, said Ana Hinojosa, one of the agency’s executive directors.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin