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KFC 'using wood from Indonesian rainforest trees' for food boxes.

London, May 28 ( ANI ): KFC's trademark buckets of chicken and other paper products purchased and tested from restaurants in Indonesia, the U.K. and China have revealed the composition of Indonesia's rainforests, according to Greenpeace International.

According to the newly published report, independent testing on the fast-food restaurants' pulp-based products in three regions of the world found fibres of tropical hardwood trees, specific to Indonesia's forests.

The rain forests are home to many endangered species including the last of originally three species of Indonesian tigers, according to Global Forest Watch the region loses approximately 5 million acres of forest to logging a year.

"These forests are a key defence against climate change and are habitat for many protected species including the critically endangered Sumatran tiger," the Daily Mail quoted the group as saying in their report.

The products tested included cups, boxes, French Fries holders, napkins and buckets after their purchase in Indonesia, the U.K. and China over the last two years.

They named the company Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), used by KFC's parent company Yum! Brands, as responsible.

APP's largest paper mill, according to the group, is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra, doling out one of the largest pulp and paper supplies in the world.

In China which has become KFC's largest market and focus - deemed by Yum! Brands as 'the best restaurant growth opportunity of the 21st century' - Greenpeace reports over half of the material made for their buckets containing the specific wood traces.

Requiring a lot of buckets for chicken, Yum! Brands reports China currently operating 3,701 KFC restaurants.

Over half of their operating profits are generated in China along with 72 other emerging countries, they report.

KFC has however, denied all the allegations.

"100 per cent of KFC UK and Ireland's packaging is either recycled or from sustainable sources. Neither KFC UK and I, nor any of our suppliers, source from APP," a spokesman for KFC UK and Ireland said.

Responding, Greenpeace released a photo of KFC's alleged napkin supplies with a label printed reading its production from PT Pindo Deli, an APP company based in Indonesia they accuse.

They further added the products' test results confirming it to be Mixed Tropical Hardwood.

The APP has responded to the Greenpeace report by calling it misleading.

"As far as APP products are concerned, [Mixed Tropical Hardwood] does NOT come from the felling of virgin tropical rainforest trees in Indonesia," the Company said.

"APP has strict policies and practices in place to ensure that only residues from legal plantation development on degraded or logged-over forest areas and sustainable wood fibre enters the production supply chain," it said.

The company claims that MTH can be found in numerous products found internationally, citing the example of recycled paper.

"It can also come from tree residues that are cleared, after a forest area has become degraded, logged-over or burned, as part of a sustainable development plan,' they claim.

According to Global Forest Watch, Indonesia's pulp and paper industries over the last decade has resulted in a demand for wood fibre that 'cannot currently be met by any sustainable domestic forest management regime.'

With APP's response to Greenpeace's report, they said on June 1 of this year they would suspend all natural forest clearance on their concessions.

Greenpeace has argued that it's a date the company has publicly set and pushed back many times before. ( ANI )

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