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Welcome to the EPOA News & Events page. This section contains the latest news from EPOA, including news items and press releases on palm oil and food, as well as information on upcoming events, public symposia and related meetings.

EPOA Newsletter May 2016

May 30, 2016

This newsletter highlights some activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance and developments in nutritional and sustainability aspects of palm oil in...


The European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil

April 07, 2016

5 - 6 April 2016

The European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 in Brussels, provided new insights, inspiration and better...



February 16, 2016

EPOA is concerned about the proposed amendment in the French bill on biodiversity[1], to increase the tax on palm oil.  This proposed increased...


EPOA welcomes Indonesian Palm Oil Association GAPKI as a full member

February 12, 2016

Today, Friday 12 February 2016, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI - Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia) became a full member of the...


RSPO launches 'RSPO NEXT'

February 09, 2016

The Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has launched the voluntary add-on criteria to its existing Principles and Criteria (P&C). A framework...


Members Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil using 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil

December 18, 2015

The Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (BASP) announced an important achievement: as off 1 December 2015 all its members (individual...


Private sector commits to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

December 07, 2015

European private sector organizations join forces for a first time to ensure a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020. At the EU...


Synopsis Safa Expert Meeting

November 23, 2015

A meeting of 20 leading experts on dietary fat and health convened in Leiden, NL, Nov. 5-6 to assess the scientific state of the art on the effect...


Dutch Health Council: choose soft fats and vegetable oils

November 12, 2015

Replace butter, solid margarine and solid cooking products by soft margarine , liquid cooking products and vegetable oils. That is one of the...


Position paper of the Spanish Federation of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Societies: no upper limit on fat intake

November 03, 2015

The Spanish Federation of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Societies published a position paper on fat, in which the scientific evidence relating...



October 30, 2015

Industry and NGOs agree that certified sustainable palm oil is the solution

The European Palm Oil Conference (EPOC 2015) held in...


SAFA expert meeting

October 19, 2015

Saturated fats and their role in cardiovascular health are currently being debated both in the scientific arena and in the media. The International Expert...


Embassy Award 2015 for EPOA

September 28, 2015

Wednesday 23 September 2015 the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brussels awarded EPOA with the Embassy Award 2015 for its efforts in...


Europe: campaigning for palm oil

September 10, 2015

In several European countries information campaigns have been launched regarding sustainable palm oil.

Italy: Palm oil, let’...


New study: saturated fats not as bad for health as previously thought

August 20, 2015

A large new review, carried out in Canada by Russell de Souza and colleagues (BMJ...


Italian politicians defend palm oil

August 18, 2015

Italian politicians have submitted two resolutions to parliament defending palm oil in the face of anti-palm oil campaigns, calling it a raw...


A palm oil experience at the Food Expo in Milan

July 10, 2015

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life is the central theme of Expo Milano 2015,  the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, hosts from May 1...


Lifting the Ban on Total Dietary Fat

June 30, 2015

The current upper limit on total fat intake presents an obstacle to sensible change unhealthy eating patterns, promoting harmful low-fat foods,...


Emotional statement French Minister counterproductive to sustainable palm oil production

June 18, 2015

EPOA: statements and policies, based on emotions instead of facts and science damage multi stakeholder initiatives aiming for sustainable palm oil...


EPOA presentation at Nutrevent: Empower consumers, not confuse!

June 17, 2015

Since a number of years the use of ‘free-from’ ingredient claims is becoming commonplace. Claims refer to for example ‘fat-free’, ‘TFA free’, ‘...


A Shared Vision: 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe

June 10, 2015

As the world’s largest economy, Europe has an opportunity and responsibility to move the global economy to a more sustainable path. The continent is...


European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil in Amsterdam

June 02, 2015

On June 2, EPOA organised the European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil. The meeting was organised in collaboration with the RSPO as an opportunity for...


Transparent labelling to inform consumers about palm oil

March 30, 2015

In his reply to a Parliamentary Question, the Belgian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Foreign Trade, Kris Peeters, mentioned the...


Sweden: focus more on overall diet instead of individual saturated fatty acids

March 24, 2015

There is no evidence that exchanging palm oil for other fats or oils with high proportions of saturated fatty acids and with similar technical and...


EPOA article in Global Oils and Fats Business Magazine

February 20, 2015

The current issue of Global Oils & Fats Business contains an article on Europe’s Palm Oil Debate. The article gives an overview of EPOA's objectives,...


Why palm oil dominates the supermarket shelves

January 20, 2015

“The palm tree is about 10 times as productive as a plant like a soya bean or a rapeseed,” says Kurt Berger, a food technologist who formerly worked...


L'Echo: no justification for campaign against palm oil

January 12, 2015

Independent consultant in agro-industry and environment Pierre Bois d’Enghien published an opinion piece about palm oil in L'Echo, a financial...


EPOC 2014: Exploring health and sustainability aspects of palm oil

December 10, 2014

9 December 2014 the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) in collaboration with ESPOAG and with support from RSPO on sustainability, hosted a one-day...


EPOA’s mission is to help organisations make an informed choice

December 04, 2014

In a second news item this week on palm oil by FoodNavigator, Margot Logman stated that in the mind of a consumer sustainability and health are linked and...


The palm oil debate requires factual information

December 04, 2014

In her comment on the Italian petition to limit the use of palm oil in processed foods, Margot Logman, program manager of EPOA stated in FoodNavigator: “It’...


12th Roundtable on sustainable palm oil started

November 18, 2014

November 17, the 12th Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT12), organised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has started in Kuala...


The European debate on palm oil: rebalancing the image

November 06, 2014

“With respect to palm oil, Europe is on a fast way forward”, said Margot Logman, Programme Manager of the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) during...


Low contribution of palm oil to SAFA intake in France

October 17, 2014

The consumption of palm oil in France is 2.8 grams per day representing approximately 4% of the total intake of saturated fatty acids (SAFA) in...


RSPO: 18% of world's palm oil production is sustainable

October 08, 2014

Sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of world's palm oil production. RSPO, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has issued its first impact...


Low-carbohydrate diet more effective than low-fat

October 07, 2014

A low-carbohydrate diet is more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet. A recent study, published...


Plea for sustainable palm oil in Dutch TV program Radar

September 23, 2014

Monday 22 September the Dutch TV-program ‘TROS Radar’ broadcasted a news item on the sustainability issue of palm oil. Palm oil is a highly...


Inspiration and science update at Euro Fed Lipid

September 23, 2014

Demonising specific nutrients will not benefit health, we have to promote a balanced diet

About  900 specialists dealing...


Substituting palm oil for other primary dietary fats makes a product not necessarily healthier

September 10, 2014

Italian research didn’t find arguments to substitute palm oil by other fats in order to prevent cardio vascular diseases. A meta‐analysis indicated...


New SAFA recommendations open to debate

July 01, 2014

On June 29, experts in the field of fat and health concluded that when aiming to reduce saturated fat in the diet, attention needs to be given to...


Leading experts inform European Parliament on controversial aspects of palm oil

March 27, 2014

On March 18, 2014 leading experts exchanged facts and views with members of the European Parliament (MEPs) about the sustainability and nutritional...


Website EPOA with a focus on palm oil and food

March 07, 2014

In its new website, The European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) creates a balanced view on the nutritional, functional  and sustainable  aspects of palm oil....