Malaysian palm oil giant hit with US ban over abuse concerns

Washington (AFP) – The United States has banned imports from a Malaysian palm oil giant whose products are found in numerous everyday goods worldwide over concerns its workers face a litany of abuse.  Palm oil is a common ingredient in items ranging from processed foods to cosmetics, and Malaysia is the second-biggest producer of the commodity after neighbouring Indonesia. Together, the countries produce 85 percent of the world’s supply.But the industry has long been controversial, with activists saying it drives the destruction of rainforests to make way for plantations and workers frequently…

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