Pop Tarts Contain Palm Oil — And Kellogg’s Hides Behind RSPO Membership. Big Deal

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The below post’s infographics got me to check in with Kellogg’s palm oil policy these days.  I fired off my usual corporate “deforestation, death, displacement and destruction” email querying Kellogg’s about their current policy.

Here’s there ridiculous response:

Thank you for letting us know that you dislike the amount of palm oil used in our products. Your input is important to us and we appreciate the time you took to share your concern.

We believe achieving one’s best life through positive nutrition should yield a positive impact on the environment too.

We’re dedicated to adopting environmentally friendly business practices that reflect our overall mission and belief in an all-natural lifestyle. That is why our company and our palm oil suppliers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a group working to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.

We are always interested in your feedback and want you to know that your comments have been shared with the right people here at Kellogg.

Thanks again, XXXX, for contacting us.

If you have additional comments or a photo to send to us, click here.
Please do not use your “reply” button to respond to this e-mail.

Once again, they hide behind meaningless greenwashing RSPO membership.

This is a bit confusing since back in 2014 Kellogg’s told me the following when I asked them about the palm oil in their Cheez-Its:

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts about palm oil in Sunshine® Cheez-It® Crackers. Your input is important to us and we appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concern.As a socially responsible company, Kellogg looks forward to the day when a sufficient and feasible supply of sustainably grown palm oil is available. We are a member of RSPO, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, an organization that continues to work toward the development of a consistent and sufficient supply of segregated, sustainably grown palm oil. We intend to purchase sustainable palm oil once a segregated palm oil supply is available that is financially and logistically feasible.

Kellogg is also:

–Helping growers fund the transition to sustainable palm oil by purchasing Green Palm certificates to cover 100% of our global palm oil use in 2011.

–Only purchasing palm oil from suppliers that are members of the RSPO.–Encouraging its blended palm oil suppliers to continue to increase the percentage of sustainable palm oil in the supplies they purchase, as the available supply increases.

–Requiring our vendor partners to commit to reducing their impact on the environment through our Supplier Code of Conduct.

–Supporting the Consumer Goods Forum pledge to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. Please know that we will continue to monitor this issue and work toward the best combination of ingredients that are environmentally responsible and provide the taste and nutrition that you expect from Kellogg Company.We are always eager to receive your feedback and want you to know your comments have been shared with the right people here at Sunshine.

To learn more about our foods we invite you to visit us at www.Cheez-it.com.If you have additional comments, click here.


As the below infographics say, Ferrero can go for certified, traceable sustainable palm oil but Kellogg’s can’t?  Not good enough.

I don’t know about you, but I boycott products that contain conflict palm oil.  Pop Tarts is a real luxury.  Goodbye, Kellogg’s products.

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