NTUC Foodfare tenants forced to use ‘good oils’

Supermarket operator and retail landlord NTUC has updated lease contracts to require foodcourt tenants to use healthy cooking oils.

Within two to three years, all 400 food vendors leasing space in the 12 NTUC Foodfare foodhalls will have to agree to the new policy.

The move is part of a broader plan by NTUC to encourage healthier diets. NTUC FairPrice supermarkets will discount prices of healthy oils.

The initiatives are part of the NTUC Social Enterprises’ Healthy Eating and Living Initiative, launched by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday.

Done in collaboration with the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the initiative is part of a coordinated effort across various divisions of NTUC Social Enterprises.

Perry Ong, NTUC Foodfare CEO, said he did not expect the change to impact on prices at food vendors because cooking oil is a small part of the total cost of preparing and selling food.

In supermarkets, FairPrice Housebrand healthier cooking oils will be discounted by up to 15 per cent until the end of this year.

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