Food is a great part of the Singaporean culture. Unknown to many, palm oil is widely used in Singapore at restaurants, hawker centers and other food stores as cooking oil. Our surveys found that 32 out of 33 restaurant chains in Singapore use palm oil in their cooking oil, while all 4 major supermarket chains have palm oil in their house-brand cooking oil. None are publicly known to be using certified sustainable palm oil.
We may be contributing to the haze by using irresponsible cooking oil, which is one of the main causes of haze.
While there’s no overnight solution to the crisis, businesses can switch to palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as a start. Watch this video to learn about the link between haze, palm oil and cooking oil.
Cooking oil is an easy place to start because supply of RSPO-certified cooking oil is already widely available (Find out the list of suppliers from our guide).
3 steps for your restaurant to go haze-free!
If you are a restaurant owner and wish to make a difference to stop the haze, here are 3 steps you can take:
- Find out what cooking oil you are using: many restaurants we reached out to was not aware that the “vegetable oil” being used is in fact palm oil or a blend of palm oil with other type of oil.
- Switch to RSPO-certified (Segregated)* cooking oil: if you have direct control over the brand of cooking oil that you buy, please consider the edible oil suppliers from the list below. Otherwise, please make a request to your grocer to provide the haze-free cooking oil option. Your grocer can then make use of our list below.
- Adopt a haze-free palm oil policy with a time-bound implementation plan covering global operations (if applicable) and for palm oil used in any form.
*Segregated means that certified and non-certified palm oil is kept separate throughout the supply chain such that no non-certified palm oil is used in the end product.
Please read the “Your Guide to Haze-free Cooking Oil” to discover more about palm oil and RSPO. We understand that the technical aspects of palm oil certification can be complicated, so please contact us if you have any doubts.
We also provide a “Haze-free Palm Oil Policy Template” for you to use in formulating a haze-free palm oil policy.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you require assistance requesting your grocer to provide the RSPO-certified cooking oil option.
If your restaurant switched to RSPO-certified cooking oil, please let us know and we will proudly highlight your effort in our haze-free dining guide!
Eat guilt-free. Go haze-free.
Type of RSPO label
Healthier Choice available?
|Ngo Chew Hong Edible Oil (Mewah Group)||Certified/ Mixed||Yes|
|Sime Darby||Certified/ Mixed||Yes|
|Lam Soon Edible Oils||Mixed||No|
|Hap Seng Edible Oils||Mixed||Yes|
These suppliers can provide RSPO-certified palm oil cooking oil in bottles or tins suitable for eateries. There are other suppliers who provide larger quantities if required. Please contact us for further information.
*Certified means the RSPO-certified palm oil is kept separated from uncertified palm oil throughout the supply chain (ie. either Identity Preserved or Segregated supply chain model)
Mixed means the RSPO-certified palm oil has been mixed with uncertified palm oil but the final volume of palm oil labelled as Mixed equals the initial volume of RSPO-certified palm oil entering the supply chain (ie. Mass Balance supply chain model)
Check out “Your Guide to Haze-free Cooking Oil” for more information.