News & Events

Commitments to sustainable Palm Oil for the benefit of the People & Planet

Mayo 18, 2018

On behalf of EPOA, Frans Claassen (chair) presented the goals of the European Palm Oil Alliance and the facts and myths about palm oil at a conference...

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Banning palm oil is not the solution - sustainable palm oil is! - EPOA response to ‘Iceland’s ban on palm oil

Abril 12, 2018

In view of the numerous and impressive achievements on sustainable palm oil throughout the supply chain, EPOA is surprised to learn about the...

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Higher levels of sustainability certification could generate greater forest protection in Indonesia

Enero 15, 2018

A group of American scientists investigated the effect of sustainability certification on deforestation in oil palm plantations from 2001 to 2015....

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EPOA Newsletter december 2017

Diciembre 21, 2017

This newsletter highlights the activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance during the fourth quarter of 2017 and the developments in nutritional and...

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Blog Thijs Pasmans: The advantage of being sustainable

Diciembre 18, 2017

In emulsifiers and various other food products, palm oil is a valuable ingredient. At the same time palm oil is debated in terms of its...

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UK Roundtable presents Annual Progress Report on sustainable palm oil

Diciembre 14, 2017

The UK roundtable is an industry alliance that aims to promote the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the UK. The roundtable is in existence...

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EPOC 2017: European food industry used 60% certified sustainable palm oil

Noviembre 23, 2017

"We have to show how we are all (NGOs, governments and industry) committed to sustainable palm oil production by telling the good stories!"...

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Europe on its way achieving 100% sustainable palm oil

Noviembre 23, 2017

Europe imports 69% CSPO for food. European food industry uses 60% CSPO

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WTO-speech EPOA: Sustainable palm oil is the solution, banning palm oil is not

Septiembre 28, 2017

“It is not about banning palm oil to save the world, it is about cooperating with producing countries to produce palm oil in a save way and help...

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Constructive and more balanced EC response on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests

Septiembre 18, 2017

The European Commission (EC) has responded in a constructive and balanced manner to the European Parliament (EP) non-legislative resolution of 4...

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PURE study findings: Should dietary guidelines on fat be challenged?

Septiembre 11, 2017

Recent findings from the Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study involving 135.000 people from 18 countries found that high intake of fat...

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EPOA attendance at the 15th Euro Fed Lipid Congress

Septiembre 07, 2017

The 15th EuroFedLipid Congress ‘Oil, Fats and Lipids: New Technologies and Applications for a Healthier Life’ took place on 27-30 August...

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UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil signs ‘Commitment to Support’

Septiembre 06, 2017

An alliance of industry associations and NGOs in the UK has signed the ‘...

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EUFIC study: free from labels potentially misleading

Agosto 25, 2017

EUFIC - The European Food Information Council-  investigated the consumers’ attitude in Europe (UK, FR, PL, SW) towards labels with the term ‘gluten...

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EPOA Newsletter July 2017

Julio 13, 2017

This newsletter highlights the activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance during the second quarter of 2017 and the developments in nutritional...

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Palm oil and deforestation – a perspective

Julio 11, 2017

EPOA position on the ‘Report on palm oil and deforestation of rain forests’ adopted by the European Parliament

July 11, 2017

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American Heart Association issues ‘Presidential Advisory’ on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease

Junio 27, 2017

In the past few years, meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized clinical trials have come to discordant conclusions about the...

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‘There is no good reason to demonise palm oil anymore’

Junio 15, 2017

The Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil is delighted with the judgement of the Belgian court concerning the case against a Belgian retailer...

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Ferrero wins court case against misleading ‘no palm oil’ marketing campaign Delhaize

Junio 15, 2017

The Belgian Court of Appeal of Brussels ruled in favour of chocolate producer Ferrero in a legal case against the supermarket chain Delhaize about...

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EPOA at RSPO’s annual European Roundtable in London

Junio 15, 2017

The European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) was a sponsor of RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)...

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A shopping bag full of sustainable palm oil

Junio 15, 2017

With a shopping bag full of groceries and a personal touch, Margot Logman, explained the importance for consumers to chose products with sustainable...

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Spanish Foundation for Sustainable Palm Oil

Junio 08, 2017

In June 2017, a group of (food) companies in Spain, including Unilever, Ferrero, Lipidos Santiga and Natra, joined forces and established the ‘...

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Italian government signs the Amsterdam Declaration

Junio 07, 2017

Italy is the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration that pledges countries to promote the use of 100% sustainable palm oil by 2020. T...

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The 2017 European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil

Mayo 29, 2017

Exploring common ground and synergies

The European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil on the 9th and 10th of May 2017 in Brussels...

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EPOA weighed in on Foodnavigator's acticle on palm oil reduction

Abril 20, 2017

In an interview published on the website of FoodNavigator on 19 April 2017, Orkla, a Norwegian food company (confectionery and snacks) is cited about its...

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EPOA Newsletter April 2017

Abril 10, 2017

This newsletter highlights the activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance in the first quarter of 2017 and the developments in nutritional and...

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EP adopts palm oil report with large majority

Abril 04, 2017

Tuesday 4th April 2017, the European Parliament (EP) adopted...

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Consolidated report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests now available

Marzo 23, 2017

The consolidated "Report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests" as voted by the ENVI Committee on 9th of March is now available ...

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Tropical deforestation and forest fires: what's the role of palm oil?

Marzo 21, 2017

This new EPOA factsheet presents the role of palm oil in tropical deforestation and forest fires. Palm oil is heavily debated as a major driver of...

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DG ENVI voted on report “Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests”

Marzo 16, 2017

In the summer of 2016 the European Parliament decided to write a report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests. Numerous discussions and amendments...

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US heart experts analyse popular nutrition trends that are promoted for cardiovascular health

Marzo 07, 2017

A group of 12 heart experts looked into the scientific evidence base in nutrition and published their results in the Journal of the American College of...

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Meeting report of Nutrition Foundation of Italy: symposium about palm oil and human health

Febrero 06, 2017

The use of palm oil by the food industry is increasingly criticized, especially in Italy, for its purported negative effects on human health and environment...

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Saturated Fat Consumption and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Ischemic Stroke: A Science Update

Febrero 01, 2017

At the SAFA Expert meeting, organised by EPOA, IEM and MVO in 2015, 20 leading experts on dietary fat and...

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OpenLab Nutella website now live

Febrero 01, 2017

December 8th 2016 Ferrero organised an event in Brussels to cover a wide range of questions regarding ‘sustainable palm oil’ with focus on environment and...

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EPOA newsletter December 2016

Diciembre 09, 2016

This newsletter highlights recent and upcoming activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance and developments in nutritional and sustainability aspects of...

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New epidemiological study confirms dietary guidelines on saturated fats

Diciembre 07, 2016

Consuming high amounts of four major saturated fatty acids – predominantly found in butter, dairy, meat and in coconut and palm oil – may increase...

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French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil at the Journées Francophones de Nutrition (JFN) Conference in Montpellier (November 30 – December 2, 2016)

Diciembre 07, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm oil organized a satellite symposium at the JFN in Montpellier. During...

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United Nations: Boycotting palm oil is no solution

Noviembre 22, 2016

This month a United Nations Report calls for the conservation community to collaborate more closely with the palm oil industry to implement a global...

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Industry and non-governmental organisations agree to a unified approach to 'no deforestation'

Noviembre 21, 2016

On 8 November 2016, the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Convergence Working Group, announced that they will be releasing a revised High Carbon Stock...

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Smallholder inclusion and human rights key topics on the RSPO’s 14th Roundtable

Noviembre 14, 2016

The RT highlighted the need for more attention on human rights and labour issues in the palm oil industry and better involvement of smallholder...

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The RT14 of the Round Table on Sustainable Palmoil

Noviembre 11, 2016

This week the 14 annual meeting of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) took place in Bangkok. The RT14  of the Round Table on Sustainable...

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MEPs call for EU limit on industrial trans fats in food

Octubre 28, 2016

The EU should place mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (TFA), says...

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EPOC 2016: No palm oil is no solution to tackle environmental or health issues – sustainable palm oil is

Octubre 07, 2016

Moving towards sustainable palm oil in Europe creates an incentive to make the global palm oil supply more sustainable. NGOs like Greenpeace and...

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European politicians: healthy reformulation of food products needed to reduce TFA intake

Septiembre 30, 2016

On Thursday 29 September 2016, the members of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament...

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EPOA Newsletter August 2016

Agosto 31, 2016

This newsletter highlights recent and upcoming activities of the European Palm Oil Alliance and developments in nutritional and sustainability aspects of...

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Science update of the SAFA expert panel discussion at EFL and ISSFAL

Septiembre 22, 2016

The results of a SAFA expert meeting convened in Leiden, the Netherlands in October 2015, have recently been discussed at the 14th Euro...

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'Replacing palm oil is not the solution' - according to WWF Germany report

Septiembre 12, 2016

WWF Germany’s recent study ‘Auf der Ölspur: Berechnungen zu einer palmölfreieren Welt’ indicates that switching from palm oil to other oils is no...

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France: no palm oil tax in biodiversity law, debate to continue next year

Julio 21, 2016

20 July 2016, the French National Assembly adopted the much debated biodiversity law (Projet de loi sur la reconquête de la biodiversité, de la...

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France: National Assembly rejects additional taxes on tropical oils

Junio 23, 2016

A majority of the Deputies in the French National Assembly (NA) adopted a new text version of article 27A of the 'Projet de loi pour la reconquête...

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SAFA poster presentation at Nordic Nutrition Conference

Junio 20, 2016

Today, Professor Tom Sanders, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics of King's College London, will present a science update on '...

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Norway endorses Amsterdam Palm Oil Declaration

Junio 14, 2016

Increased governmental support for Amsterdam Declaration to Support 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe.

Norway Prime...

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EPOA Newsletter May 2016

Mayo 30, 2016

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

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The European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil

Abril 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...

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EPOA POSITION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO FRENCH PALM OIL TAXATION

Febrero 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...

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EPOA welcomes Indonesian Palm Oil Association GAPKI as a full member

Febrero 12, 2016

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

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RSPO launches 'RSPO NEXT'

Febrero 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...

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

Diciembre 18, 2015

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

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Private sector commits to 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe

Diciembre 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...

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Synopsis Safa Expert Meeting

Noviembre 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...

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Dutch Health Council: choose soft fats and vegetable oils

Noviembre 12, 2015

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

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

Noviembre 03, 2015

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

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PALM OIL DEBATE IN ITALY REACHES A TURNING POINT

Octubre 30, 2015

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

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

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SAFA expert meeting

Octubre 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...

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Embassy Award 2015 for EPOA

Septiembre 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...

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Europe: campaigning for sustainable palm oil

Septiembre 10, 2015

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

Italy: Palm oil, let’...

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

Agosto 20, 2015

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

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Italian politicians defend palm oil

Agosto 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...

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A palm oil experience at the Food Expo in Milan

Julio 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...

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Lifting the Ban on Total Dietary Fat

Junio 30, 2015

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

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Emotional statement French Minister counterproductive to sustainable palm oil production

Junio 18, 2015

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

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EPOA presentation at Nutrevent: Empower consumers, not confuse!

Junio 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’, ‘...

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A Shared Vision: 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe

Junio 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...

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European Industry Meeting on Palm Oil in Amsterdam

Junio 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...

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Transparent labelling to inform consumers about palm oil

Marzo 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...

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

Marzo 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...

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EPOA article in Global Oils and Fats Business Magazine

Febrero 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,...

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Why palm oil dominates the supermarket shelves

Enero 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...

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L'Echo: no justification for campaign against palm oil

Enero 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...

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EPOC 2014: Exploring health and sustainability aspects of palm oil

Diciembre 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...

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

Diciembre 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...

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The palm oil debate requires factual information

Diciembre 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’...

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12th Roundtable on sustainable palm oil started

Noviembre 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...

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The European debate on palm oil: rebalancing the image

Noviembre 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...

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Low contribution of palm oil to SAFA intake in France

Octubre 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...

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

Octubre 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...

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Low-carbohydrate diet more effective than low-fat

Octubre 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...

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Plea for sustainable palm oil in Dutch TV program Radar

Septiembre 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...

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Inspiration and science update at Euro Fed Lipid

Septiembre 23, 2014

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

About  900 specialists dealing...

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

Septiembre 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...

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New SAFA recommendations open to debate

Julio 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...

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Leading experts inform European Parliament on controversial aspects of palm oil

Marzo 27, 2014

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

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Website EPOA with a focus on palm oil and food

Marzo 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....

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