"It has been a complicated decision, because we have had to reduce our assortment of bakery products, pastries, pastries, cookies, chocolates, spreads, snacks, etc. but we want to be consistent with our principles," said the manager of SuperSano , Jesús Sánchez.
According to the chain, palm oil is a saturated fat in more than 50% of its composition, which is a very unhealthy food, since it increases the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood.
SuperSano has 12 organic supermarkets in the provinces of Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Zaragoza, Murcia and Albacete; In all of them, products made with palm oil have been phased out, thus becoming the first supermarket chain to adopt a position of this type.
The company has published a message on Twitter in which it appreciates the support that, it says, they have received for this decision:
SuperSano wants to thank you for the thousands of messages of support you are receiving for your decision to phase out palm oil products. pic.twitter.com/X6JpaN7DwY
- SuperSano (@ssanosuper) March 22, 2017
Although this decision was initially received with "concern" among manufacturers and distributors, a year later, SuperSano has verified how some of the withdrawn references are being reformulated by their producers, removing palm oil from the list of ingredients.
The SuperSano management has explained that "the cultivation of palm oil is causing the deforestation of immense tropical forests in Southeast Asia and Africa and" the working conditions that large companies impose on the natives of these areas of the planet are inhumane. , repeatedly violating international rights ".
Since the legislation on food labeling was approved at the end of 2014, manufacturers are required to specify whether the vegetable oils and fats they use to make their products are olive, sunflower, corn, palm, rapeseed, cotton, etc. .
It was at this point that consumers discovered that they were ingesting large amounts of palm oil, as it appeared on the new labels.
Numerous customer complaints alerted SuperSano, which conducted a careful study of the composition of products made with vegetable fats.
In view of the results, the company's management made the decision to stop purchasing products that contained palm oil among their ingredients.