While moderation is still recommended, some candy manufacturers are trying to do the right thing by making gluten-free choices, using eco-friendly ingredients and insisting on higher quality ingredients.
The Malaysian palm oil industry adheres to the 3Ps principle of sustainability: People, Planet and Profit. This balanced approach supports the farmers who grow the fruit and protects the country’s environment, while providing economic stability. Sustainability ensures long-term safekeeping of this country’s important agricultural crop.
In Malaysia, the palm industry is highly regulated. Oil palm trees are only grown on designated land using Good Agricultural Practices. Smallholders cultivate nearly 40 percent of Malaysia’s palmplanted lands. Wildlife is carefully protected and natural rainforests conserved. To support these initiatives, the industry has established the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund to support education and conservation programs, including the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary. The Malaysian palm oil industry is also credited for bringing farmers out of poverty, and building community roads, schools and healthcare facilities.
The posts below demonstrate the Malaysian palm oil industry’s commitment to sustainability.
“Palm oil is in fact a good fat, but ONLY if the palm oil is responsibly sourced from Malaysia,” King wrote in her blog, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Palm Oil.”
King mentioned that many of the nation’s leading candy makers use responsibly sourced palm oil, such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, for their products. By the end of 2019, Malaysia plans to have 100 percent of its palm oil MSPO certified.
MPOC Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram delivered an eye-opening presentation at the 2018 Palm Oil Fair and Seminar (POTS).
Palm oil is a common ingredient in many food products, ranging from better-for-you nutrition and sport bars to crackers and healthy spreads. Palm oil is also used in soaps, lotions and other skincare products.
Overall we continue to see many challenges associated with the markets for Malaysian palm oil but we remain confident that Malaysian palm oil will continue to remain competitive, vibrant and a much sought after commodity in the coming years.
These stringent standards will soon become mandatory in Malaysia. That’s good news because more than half of the palm oil imported into the U.S is from this eco-focused country. Palm oil is Malaysia’s number one export.
Malaysian Palm Oil is favored by food industry professionals who are looking for a clean label oil because its non-GMO, nutritious and doesn’t require hydrogenation. Those in the know also appreciate Malaysian palm oil’s certified sustainability.
The Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund worked with the wildlife department to establish this organization which supports conservation efforts along with rescuing endangered wildlife. Their highly trained rangers have completed more than 100 rescue or translocation operations.
For example, if bunny or egg–shaped chocolate candy is an Easter basket must-have, choose a variety made with responsibly sourced ingredients such as fair-trade cocoa beans and all-natural, non-GMO Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. This will satisfy your sweet tooth and your need to care for the planet.