"KFC To Stop Using Palm Oil"

"Fast food chain KFC is to stop frying chicken in palm oil.

The company says it is removing the vegetable oil from deep fat friers to gain a "double benefit" by reducing climate change and heart disease.

Used widely as a cooking oil, palm oil employs hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries but has a poor health and environmental record. Forests in Indonesia and Malaysia have been cut down to make way for plantations and the oil is high in artery-clogging saturated fat.

From this month KFC will use high oleic rapeseed oil at its 800 outlets in UK and Ireland, at an estimated cost of £1m a year."

Martin Hickman reports for The Independent April 7, 2011.

Thursday, April 7, 2011