Cadbury chocolates and Natural Confectionary Company lollies will no longer be stocked by Melbourne Zoo, due to the failure of these brands to disclose where the palm oil in its products is sourced from.
Cadbury and Natural Confectionary Company are owned by parent company, Mondelez, with Zoos Victoria stating that companies had been given a six-month deadline to declare palm oil origins for their products.
"Consumer research shows that 95 per cent of Australians want clear mandatory labelling of palm oil, so they can make an informed decision on what they consume," Zoos Victoria chief executive officer Dr Jenny Gray said, reports 9 News.
“Whether that’s chocolate Easter eggs or hot cross buns, it’s pretty simple: we all just want to know what is in the products we consume and how the use of these ingredients affects the habitat of the precious wildlife we care about.”
Mondelez has said in a statement that the company shares these concerns, and is moving to 100 per cent sustainability and transparency in the industry.
At the end of 2017, 96 per cent of our palm oil was traceable back to the mill and 99 per cent was from suppliers with policies aligned to ours. We’re actively working with our suppliers to ensure palm oil is fully traceable.
- Mondelez statement