The new European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation enforced since 13 December 2014 will increase education and transparency about palm oil in Europe.
Legal experts have explained that the current “no palm oil” labels in Europe are illegal. Analysis of these labels by the renowned global law firm Hogan Lovells has found that the labels violated the FIC Regulation, as well as multiple other EU laws, and national laws in France and Belgium.
The development of the new Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard provides further reassurance of sustainability, environmental protection, and proof of Malaysia's leadership in the global palm oil industry.
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The Malaysian palm oil industry, backed by more than 90 years of responsible plantation practices on legally approved agricultural land in accordance with legislations in the country, has similarly not been spared these accusations, despite numerous efforts to portray the truth.
The palm oil industry adopts and implements sustainable and good agricultural practices, yet is has been accused of being unsustainable including the destruction of rainforests and wildlife habitat, particularly that of the orang utan. These accusations driven by campaigns, primarily led by the Europeon NGOs have resulted in misunderstanding among some traditional palm oil end users who have in turn taken drastic steps to reduce their comsumption.