Sunday, October 2, 2011

Palm oil benefits scientific evidences

The Government of Indonesia show scientific evidences of the health benefits of palm oil to Australia. This was done because the draft legislation is being worked by Australia considered to be discriminatory. Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Commerce has sent a letter of objection and expressed its position on the draft of Food Standards Act Amendment (Truth in Labeling-Palm Oil) Bill 2010 which is currently being discussed intensively in the Australian Parliament. Letter of objection were sent the Government of Indonesia to Australia on June 27, 2011.
Ministry of Commerce press conference in Jakarta, on July 1, 2011 said this because the draft law is discriminatory of Indonesian oil. In addition, the charge is accompanied by something that is not scientific to the impacts of that oil content for human health. The bill says the fat contained in that product is bigger than the oils derived from plants / vegetables. Food Standards Implementation Plan Amendment Bill 2010 by Australia may mislead consumers, so it needs to be refuted and clarified.
It has been scientifically proved that it contains no trans fatty acids, on the contrary contain a high stability for oxidation and MUFA / Omega 9 which is useful for reducing cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Some trading partners of Indonesia has recognized its benefits for health.
Scientific evidences of palm oil benefits is also provided by other countries. United States and Canada even have legitimized labeling of food products that contain it as the product is trans fat free. Currently, the government continued to try to engage in a dialogue with the Government of Australia that the provisions regarding the labeling will not be applied in Australia. The government hopes that the provisions of the Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labeling-Palm Oil) Bill 2010 is not passed by the Legislative Australia because it would hamper Indonesia's palm oil exports to Australia. Indonesia shows commitment in maintaining an environment that is associated with the oil industry, one of them by implementing the certification scheme of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), combined with the imposition of a moratorium on logging forest. This oil is one solution to the issue of food security (food security) and the volatility in food prices facing the world today. This is because one hectare of land can produce 6000 liters of palm oil, it is so much more environmentally friendly and sustainable when compared to rapeseed that produces only 1190 liters / ha, sunflower seed as much as 952 liters / ha and 446 liters of soybean seed / ha.
It also became an important commodity that can meet world food needs in the future. Besides, when studied carefully, the bill implementing the Food Standards Amendment Bill 2010 would violate several provisions contained in the GATT and the WTO. Many research in tropical countries also showed palm oil benefit scientific evidence.

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