The biggest supermarket in Singapore, NTUC FairPrice, has announced its policy to remove all products made by Indonesia’s paper producer Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) from their stores amid the haze disaster that has badly affected Singapore.
In a press release, NTUC FairPrice said it would recall APP’s products at 5 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday (7 Oct 2015) as it was among those who were under investigation by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) over forest fires in Indonesia.
NEA temporarily disallowed APP’s products from receiving a ‘green label’ certification. The banned products include tissue and other toiletry products.
“We initiated meetings with various parties concerned when the list of firms including APP, was named by the authorities as suspects for contributing to the haze,” NTUC FairPrice CEO Seah Kian Peng was quoted as saying by kontan.co.id.
Singaporean authorities have sent a letter to the Singapore branch of the APP to seek clarification from the Indonesian based-company about its relation to the forest fires.
In a separate press release, APP Singapore promised to release all the information needed and to invite the Singapore authorities for a site visit to directly inspect its operations in Indonesia.
“We are responding to this forest fire issue very seriously. We have cooperated with some suppliers as well as with the (Indonesia) government to overcome the forest fires that have occurred in our operational area," APP asserted.