Supermarkets pull Asia Pulp & Paper Group products from stores
Following investigation for possible connection to the forest fires in Indonesia, Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) products have been removed from Singaporean supermarket shelves. The Dairy Farm group, which chains like 7-Eleven and Cold Storage, have also stopped replenishing APP stock and will continue to sell the stock until it runs out.
The move comes after the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) temporarily suspended the APP’s exclusive distributor Universal Sovereign Trading’s use of their green label, pending further investigations. NTUC Fairprice and 16 other firms were asked to sign a declaration form stating they did not carry products from the five companies being investigated.
On Wednesday (7 Oct), staff of NTUC Fairprice were seen removing stocks of products from APP.
APP produces products ranging from packaging to paper and tissue.
We find out some of the products Asia Pulp & Paper Group produces.
1. Jolly Facial Tissue
2. Paseo tissue products
3. NICE tissue products
4. Toply tissue products
5. Livi tissue products
6. A One photocopy paper
7. Copy Mate photocopy paper
8. Kokoru colour paper
9. IK photocopy paper
10. Stickiii removable notes
11. Rainbow carbonless paper
For use on medical forms, delivery receipts, bank slips
12. Foopak greeseproof paper
A full list of APP products are services are available here.
APP fights back
In response, APP has hit out against the removal of its products from supermarket shelves, saying that “no supplier has been proven to be involved”. In a statement to the media on 7 Oct, APP said:
“If a supplier were found to have been involved in setting forest fires, our policy is clear and we would disengage that supplier. Thus far no supplier has been proven to be involved. It is premature therefore to make judgments until investigations by relevant authorities are completed,”
APP added that “there are fires within their suppliers’ concessions, but not started by the company or its suppliers.. The fire situation is complex and both the Singapore and Indonesia governments and authorities are still investigating the situation.”
It is yet to be seen if boycotting products made from unsustainable sources will solve the current haze crisis.
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