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Cargill Suspends Palm Oil Purchases From Malaysia’s Sime Darby

Harvested oil palm fruit at the Sime Darby Bhd. palm oil plantation in Pulau Carey.
Harvested oil palm fruit at the Sime Darby Bhd. palm oil plantation in Pulau Carey.Photographer: Sanjit Das

Cargill Inc., one of the world’s biggest agricultural traders, stopped buying palm oil products from Sime Darby Plantation Bhd. after the U.S. said it found indicators of forced labor in the Malaysian grower. 

Cargill has suspended all new sourcing of palm oil and derivative products from Sime Darby since Feb. 25, the world’s biggest oil palm planter by acreage said in an emailed response to questions. Sime did not give a reason for the halt but said that it is in talks with Cargill, who is a direct customer, on the move.