Use of palm oil in the United States alone has increased by some 500 percent over the past decade, according to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an advocacy group. The group estimates that palm oil is currently found in roughly half of all packaged foods on U.S. shelves. Last year, a RAN report singled out 20 prominent snack food producers using palm oil in their products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills, Heinz, Hormel, PepsiCo and Hershey, among others.
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