Laffy Taffy — Yep, it Contains Palm Oil. What is Mr. Wonka Thinking?

Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yet another palm oil discovery in candy — this time in Wonka’s Laffy Taffy (hmm, I don’t remember that being made in Mr. Wonka’s phantasmagorical chocolate factory — the 1971 version).  Naturally, I wrote the company an email.  Here’s their response:

Thank you for contacting Wonka® Laffy Taffy®.

Nestlé® is opposed to deforestation of rainforests and peatlands in all parts of the world, and views it as one of the most serious environmental issues we are facing today. As a result, Nestle formed a partnership with TFT (The Forest Trust) in order to investigate its supply chains and to exclude plantations or farms linked to deforestation. Nestle is the first consumer goods company to become a TFT member. To learn more about this issue, please visit http://www.nestle.com/Media/Statements/Pages/Update-on-deforestation-and-palm-oil.aspx

We appreciate your interest and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

According to Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network, Nestle’ has had its problems on the palm oil issue in the past.  But it looks like they’ve turned a corner.  Go to above link.

Here’s their Autumn 2013 Progress Report:

http://www.nestle.com/asset-library/documents/creating-shared-value/responsible-sourcing/progress-report-palm-oil-autumn-2013.pdf

Here’s a brief summary.  Not great, but getting better?

By September 2013:

 45 % of our volume can be traced back at least to the mill in the country of origin.

 13% of our volume is Responsibly Sourced, meaning traceable to plantation, RSG assessed, compliant or engaged in continuous improvement.

 5% of our volume is fully compliant, meaning traceable to plantation level and fully compliant against our Responsible Sourcing Guideline requirements.

 By September 2013, 100% of our palm oil was RSPO certified (Including 16% RSPO segregated and an estimated 84% in the form of GreenPalm certificates).

But of course, we know what bullshit RSPO means.  Here’s this quote from Rainforest Action Network:

According to [RAN spokesperson] Sutherlin, this generally means they are relying on the RSPO’s certification system, which RAN says is not enough. “Unfortunately, the RSPO so-called sustainable certification is not adequate to ensure that palm oil is not produced in ways that are contributing to deforestation and to human rights abuses,” Sutherlin said.

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