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US to detain Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation products over forced labour allegations

FMT Reporters FREE MALAYSIA TODAY Wed, December 30, 2020

PETALING JAYA: The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain palm oil and products containing palm oil produced by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its subsidiaries effective tomorrow, following allegations of forced labour.

This comes a few months after the CBP had taken similar action on products by FGV Holdings Berhad on almost identical grounds.

In a statement, CBP said the issuance of a Withhold Release Order against Sime Darby Plantation palm oil is based on information “that reasonably indicates the presence of all 11 of the International Labour Organisation’s forced labour indicators” in Sime Darby Plantation’s production process.

“This Withhold Release Order demonstrates how essential it is for Americans to research the origins of the everyday products that they purchase,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A Morgan. “American consumers can help end modern slavery by choosing to buy products they know are ethically and humanely sourced.”


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