Haze-Linked Products Pulled Off Shelves

During your next visit to the supermarket you would probably not find products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

The firm is linked to the haze crisis which has adversely affected Singapore.

NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong and Prime Supermarket have pulled all APP products from their shelves, including popular brand, Paseo.

The Dairy Farm group, operator of chains like Giant and Cold Storage, have stopped replenishing their APP stock. They will continue to sell existing items until these run out.

The move by the supermarkets came after the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) temporarily suspended the green label of APP's exclusive distributor in Singapore, Universal Sovereign Trading.

The SEC had also asked retailers to sign a form to declare that they do not carry products from five companies, including APP, which are under probe over their possible link to the haze-causing forest fires. Apart from supermarkets, the retailers include Unity Pharmacy, Watsons and Ikea.

Late last month, the National Environment Agency began legal action against APP and four Indonesian firms it believes to be behind the forest fires. The haze from the burning in Kalimantan and Sumatra has spread to Thailand after blanketing the skies and affecting the air quality in parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines in recent weeks.

Source: “Supermarkets in Singapore pull plug on haze-linked firm's products” (The Straits Times, 8 Oct 2015)

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