Much of the food industry’s attention will be on Malaysia this week, where discussions will take place on palm oil certification standards, wildlife conservation and new international agreements involving sustainability. The sixth international Palm Oil Trade Fair and Seminar (POTS) will be held October 12 and 13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This signature event brings together business leaders and commodity experts from around the world. Awareness of Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil is growing in part due to consumers’ growing interest in non-GMO and sustainably produced foods.
Malaysia is a leader in the global palm oil industry
Malaysia is the world’s second biggest producer of sustainable palm oil. The Southeast Asian country generates 39 percent of the world’s palm oil. Malaysia is also the most significant supplier of palm oil to the United States. American food manufacturers appreciate the oil’s versatility and wholesomeness. Naturally trans fat-free palm oil is an ideal replacement for trans fats, the unhealthy factory-made ingredient the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to remove from the food supply.
POTS 2016 to address palm oil certification standards and other hot topics
The professionals will share insights on current palm oil issues, discuss edible oil trends and explore upcoming opportunities.
- Dr. Kalyana Sundram will discuss consumers’ perceptions about saturated fats. Since researchers have debunked the myth that saturated fat consumption is linked to heart disease, many consumers are dropping their low-fat diets. Nutritionists now recommend consumption of healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and tropical oils such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.
- Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof Basiron will share insights on Malaysian palm oil’s sustainability and affordability. 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.
- Harnarinder Singh will discuss recognition and implementation of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification standard. Thanks to the support of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, more family farmers – who tend more than 40 percent of the oil palm planted areas in Malaysia – are achieving this certification which signifies environmentally responsible palm oil cultivation.
Updates about POTS 2016 such as session reviews, will be posted on this website.