New phone app scans products and shows palm oil certification status

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The Australian not-for-profit organisation Palm Oil Investigations (POI) has launched a new mobile phone app that shows consumers whether products contain palm oil and, if they do, the scan reveals the oil’s certification status.

“The app helps consumers to make an informed choice,” said the founder and president of POI, Lorinda Jane. “Brands that are doing the right thing need to be commended, not boycotted, so that other brands follow suit.”

Scan results fall into five categories:

  • Palm Oil Free
  • Active no-deforestation policy
  • Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO)
  • RSPO Mass Balance (certified and uncertified oil mixed together)
  • Fail

The new app, which was conceived by POI and developed by Spectrum Solutions, based in the United States, is the first to identify the certification status of palm oil.

Spectrum Solutions worked previously with the El Paso Zoo in the United States to develop a…

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