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Note: Ratings are based on company record, including parent companies.
They are not a comment on the product itself.
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|Animal Ingredients Alert|
Butter & Margarine
|The Guide > Food & Drink > Dairy & Chilled > Butter & Margarine|
In order to produce milk, dairy cows have to give birth to a calf every year. Most baby ('bobby') calves are separated from their mothers within 12 hours of birth. Every year 700,000 calves as young as five days old are sold, to be killed and processed as young veal for human consumption, hides for leather and pharmaceutical by-products. [Animals Australia]
- Media on RSPCA's campaigning against an industry proposal to let calves heading for slaughter go unfed as a cost cutting means. [Weekly Times 2-2-2011]
- See why we haven't included Bobby Calves as an 'Industry Alert'. [FAQ]
- Consider reducing or removing dairy from your diet [Product alternatives]
- Find out more about this. [RSPCA's 'What happens to Bobby calves']
- Choose products from companies that have animal welfare on their agenda, such as Elgaar Farms and How Now dairy.
- ... Elgaar Farms respond to our questions regarding their Animal Welfare practices. [Ethical blog 2010]
- ... How Now Dairy explain how 'kind milk' is starting a revolution. [How Now blog]
- Campaign on this issue. [Animals Australia]
Palm oil is found in one out of every ten supermarket products including shampoos, cooking oil, chocolate, cosmetics, chips, biscuits, margarine and soaps. The UN estimates that palm oil plantations are 'now the primary cause of permanent rainforest loss'. This threatens the survival of the Orang-utans, the Sumatran tiger and the Asian rhinoceros. Additionally, burning after deforestation accounts for significant greenhouse gas emissions -1,400 million tonnes of CO2 every year in Indonesia alone.
- Learn about the issues, find sample letters to write to retailers and the government, and sign the petition for compulsory labelling [Palm Oil Action Group]
- Check the ingredients, if the product contains palm oil, avoid it, send a letter to the manufacturer telling them of your action. (Note: it may be labelled as simply "vegetable oil")
- See the 'Helping you buy responsibly' section for a list of manufacturers who are committed to avoiding the use of palm oil. [Boreno Orangutan Survival]
Saturated fat has been associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. In Australia, our current intake of saturated fat is about 12.5 per cent of total energy intake, higher than the recommended maximum level of 10 per cent.
This product type is likely to contain Hydrogenated or Trans Fats, associated with an increased risk of heart disease and sudden death from heart-related causes. The National Heart Foundation Tick program limits trans fats to less than 0.2% of fat for all products except margarine-type spreads and vegetable oils which must limit trans fat to less than 1% of total fat. Denmark and Switzerland have banned the sale of foods in which trans fat is more than 2% of the total fat content. [Choice report]
- Look for less than 2g of saturated fat per 100g on the nutrition information panel (NIP) on food packages.
- Avoid products that have partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list, especially if it's near the top of the list as ingredients are listed, by weight, from the greatest to the smallest.
- Choose products low in total fat - this means trans (and saturated) fats are probably low. If saturated fat is low but total fat is high, it could mean the product is high in trans fat.
Product derived from animals Alternatives: Vegan margarine such as Nuttelex (Information compiled by Aduki)