DENMARK, Randers. Slaughterhouse group Danish Crown (DC) will ban palm oil from its Danish value chain in the foreseeable future.
The company recently joined the Danish Alliance for Responsible Palm Oil, along with 20 other Danish companies, and as part of this has developed an action plan to completely phase out palm oil by 2023.
The tropical vegetable oil is mainly used as part of the feed ration of fattening animals, but accounts for only a small part of the mixes in Denmark, according to DC. Mainly, palm oil is a binder and can therefore be relatively easily replaced by rapeseed or sunflower oil, explained DC executive Preben Sunke. However, Danish Crown wants to give suppliers sufficient time to change their rations and supply contracts. Therefore, there will be a corresponding transition period.
DC's plan is to halve the use of palm oil as early as next year. Palm oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm. At the same time, the remaining quantity is to be accepted only in the form of sustainably certified goods in accordance with the "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - RSPO" standard. In this regard, the Group intends to coordinate with domestic compound feed producers.