Global Highlights

Need of new land to feed the growing population Some things go hand in hand. One of them is that a growing world population needs more food which requires more land to produce. The reality is that the world population keeps on growing and growing. With a world population of 7.4 billion in 2016, this will grow to 9.9 billion in 20501, which is a sizeable increase of 33%. Undoubtedly, more food needs to be produced. Land is required for […] more...


Prepared by:Michael Ng, Senior Executive, MPOC The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has recently announced that Malaysia’s certification scheme for sustainable palm oil will now be made mandatory1,2. The scheme, known as the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) was first launched in 2015, based on the MSPO standards (MS2530:2013 series), and provides general principles for the production of sustainable palm oil that covers the 3Ps (People, Planet, Profit) in Malaysia2. Key sustainability issues faced by the industry, such […] more...


Expert puts Codex Alimentarius Commission’s food labeling paper about trans fats and saturated fats in proper perspective   Is mother’s milk dangerous for babies? While it may seem absurd, this question and others are cropping up in response to a food labeling paper released by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). If its recommendations are accepted, healthy food sources in countries around the globe may soon wear warning labels. “It would be impossible to follow what they recommend,” comments Roger Clemens, […] more...


  Dr Jean Graille, a world renowned biotechnology expert who focuses on fats and lipids, completed his studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Marseille [National Chemical Engineering Institute of Marseilles]. He began working as a researcher at the Institut des Corps Gras [Institute for Fats and Oils] before continuing his career in the Agribusiness Programme of CIRAD, where he managed the team for ‘Food and Non-Food Substances – Lipid Technology Sciences’. Dr Graille won the Chevreul medal […] more...


Another major study has once again determined that saturated fat consumption is not associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or death. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also confirmed that industrial trans fats consumption is associated with coronary heart disease and a greater risk of death. This is the seventh systemic review and meta-analysis of saturated fat and/or trans fat and health outcomes in the past ten years. Collectively, these studies contradict what many people, […] more...


Single, pure tocotrienol isoforms are not as effective as the natural full spectrum palm tocotrienol/tocopherol complex, in reducing oxidative stress and restoring endothelium-dependent relaxation in a newly published study, conducted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), Australia. The study also highlights that the presence of alpha-tocopherol is essential for tocotrienols to exert this restoration for vascular health. Abnormal endothelial cell function (endothelial dysfunction) is a sign of various vascular diseases and importantly, an early marker in the development of […] more...


  Palm oil is gaining recognition as a healthy fat. Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.,C.N.S profiled this upcoming superfood on her online blog. “I can see a number of potential benefits from using palm fruit oil – it is very heat stable, contains a number of phytonutrients, and is a heart-healthy option to use in place of toxic shortenings like margarine,” she wrote. The bestselling author also discussed environmental concerns and praised Malaysia’s palm oil industry for its eco-sustainability standards. Malaysian sustainable palm oil has many health […] more...


Yew Foong-Kheong*, Kalyana Sundram and Yusof Basiron Address: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, 2nd Floor, Wisma Sawit, Lot 6, Jalan Perbandaran, 47301 Kelana Jaya, Selangor D.E., Malaysia * Corresponding author: email address: yew@mpoc.org.my Abstract Fossil fuel usage is a leading cause of GHG emission. Its replacement by biofuels is, thus, expected to result in benefits to the environment in terms of lesser pollution and better long term sustainability with regard to climate change. While earlier views of biofuel sustainability were centered […] more...



Nutrition expert Dr. Jonny Bowden joins a growing list of prominent medical experts to champion the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style diet for weight loss and optimal health. Dr. Bowden says dietary fat has been wrongly blamed as the cause of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease for the past 40 years. I think the notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100 percent wrong;  when you look at the data, it’s […] more...