Scientists, physicians, and health and food industry experts from around the world have gathered in Malaysia for the 2017 Palm International Nutra-Cosmeceutical Conference (PINC). The keynote address, delivered by Malaysia’s Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong focused on Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil’s bright future. The vast nutritional benefits of this oil, as well as consumers’ and industry’s improved understanding of it eco-friendliness, are expected to drive accelerated growth in the industry.

Malaysian palm oil is rich in nutrients such as tocotrienols, carotenoids and polyphenols. In his opening remarks, Mah said continued research on these bioactives will drive growth in sectors ranging from dietary supplements to animal food and nutrition. While much is already known about these nutrients’ heart and brain benefits, ongoing research is revealing possible new health opportunities.

At PINC, researchers are sharing their findings on how these palm oil nutrients support health. Conference topics range from metabolic and gut conditions to brain and bone health.

Educational and promotional efforts, focused on educating users about Malaysia’s wholesomeness, celebrated sustainability and eco-sensitive agricultural practices, are also driving the industry’s growth. Mah said the Malaysian palm oil industry is focusing on the common oil contaminant, 3-MCPD. Levels will soon be near zero. Education about the positive role of saturated fats in the healthy diet, as well as supporting research, will also continue.

The Malaysian palm oil industry is also successfully addressing concerns that have plagued the palm oil industry for decades, such as misinformation about deforestation. In his address, Mah affirmed Malaysia’s commitment to responsible palm oil production. He acknowledged that the country has kept its pledge, made at 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to maintain at least half of its total land area under forest cover. He suggested that those spreading untruths about the industry may be fueled by the efforts of other commodity oils, such as soy and canola, with a competition agenda and not an environmental issue. Malaysia has kept its promise while continuing to provide the world with bountiful quantities of nutritious and sustainable palm oil.  

PINC attendees have the opportunity to visit the National Wildlife Rescue Center and Bukit Merah Orangutan Island Foundation. These organizations are dedicated to helping Malaysia’s wildlife thrive.

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