The Guardian US is renowned for its award-winning journalism. When it ran freelance journalist Paul Tullis’s article on how the world got hooked on palm oil, we knew the piece would be thorough. MPOC CEO Kalyana Sundram is quoted about some of the more controversial issues.
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MPOC Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram delivered an eye-opening presentation at the 2018 Palm Oil Fair and Seminar (POTS).
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.
“We want to reach out to every entity in the supply chain and of course, the end consumer, to convince them that this is sustainably produced, wholesome and nutritious edible oil.”
During his presentation at the 2017 Palm International Nutra-Cosmeceutical Conference (PINC), Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO Kalyana Sundram, Ph.D. said, “The politics of fat nutrition must be buried once and for all.”
We must engage with people around the world including legislators and decision makers such as the European Parliament, and tell them how we cultivate oil palm in tandem with forest conservation policies that are in place here.
Scientists have been researching the association of oils and fats with cancer for over 50 years. Literature is ablaze with scientific documentation of how the rate of cancer progression is higher in laboratory animals fed with oils rich in polyunsaturated fats like soy and corn.
The recent hype on Nutella, which uses Malaysian palm oil as a key ingredient, and the quoted cancer concerns about the contaminants 3-MCPD-esters and glycidyl esters (GE), is one of the many orchestrated attacks on our industry.
“It occurs in olive, soya, rapeseed, corn, sunflower and in palm oils as well,” said Sundram. “This knowledge triggered a lengthy period of evaluation not only in Europe but also at our own Malaysian Palm Oil Board laboratories.”
Consumers, the article states, need to “read past the headlines, to the part that describes the research behind the claims.