JAKARTADAILY.ID - PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk or SIMP, a part of the Salim Group, provides clarification after being accused of hoarding 1.1 million kilograms of cooking oil.
It is not without reason that the Salim Group is accused of hoarding cooking oil when people are having trouble finding cooking oil on the market.
This is because, during an inspection conducted by the Food Task Force on Friday, February 18, 2022, 1.1 million kilograms of cooking oil were found in the producer's warehouse in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.
The Salim Group provided clarification through a written statement in response to the findings.
SIMP's management stated that the cooking oil was ordered and ready to be distributed to customers in the next few days.
"All available stock is an order and ready to be distributed to our customers for the next few days," they explained.
They also claimed the cooking oil found would be used to fulfill the cooking oil needs of the instant noodle factory. As it is known, PT Salim Invomas Pratama Tbk is a subsidiary of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, a known instant noodle producer.
"Our cooking oil production at the Lubuk Pakam Factory, Deli Serdang, is mainly used for the needs of Indofood's instant noodle factories in the Sumatra region of 2,500 tons per month," they said, as quoted by Pikiran-rakyat.com from Antara.
Previously, the Food Task Force of North Sumatra Province found 1.1 million kilograms of cooking oil packaged ready-for-distribution under the Bimoli brand.
This finding is certainly a cause for concern at a time when people have difficulty buying cooking oil. Stocks of cooking oil suddenly disappeared from the market after the regulation of the Minister of Trade concerning its highest retail price was issued on February 1, 2022.
The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Soal Temuan 1,1 Juta Kg Minyak Goreng di Deli Serdang, Salim Group Singgung Kebutuhan Pabrik".
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