Malaysia and Europe Share the Same Goal to Eradicate Forced Labour

At the end of April, the European Parliament voted to confirm the  Forced Labour Regulation (FLR), a rule to ban products made using forced labour from the EU market. Proposed for the first time in September 2022, representatives of the European Parliament and European Council reached provisional agreement on the Regulation earlier this year. If…

MSPO Receiving Global Recognition, Says Deputy Prime Minister

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who also serves as Plantation and Commodities Minister, has confirmed that the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification is becoming globally recognized, and is on a par with the existing RSPO certification. As reported in Bernama and The Edge, Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah made the remarks while…

Why is the World Still Confused About Trans Fats?

A scientifically-accurate description of the link between palm oil and trans fats could be summarised with two simple facts: These facts are universally accepted and supported by research, analyses and dietary advice issued by everyone from the World Health Organization, United Nations, European Union, and scientific and academic institutions the world over. And yet, sometimes…

A Communique from EU Commission Underscores Need for Continued Resolve

The EU Commission has released a new FAQ document related to the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). The EUDR is now in its implementation phase – an 18-month timeline has been set, which will expire at the end of 2024, for Malaysian exporters to ensure all criteria are met for their supply chain partners in Europe…

EU Deforestation Regulation Undermines Growth and Opportunities for Malaysia and Europe

In December, the EU Council, Parliament and Commission reached an agreement on the final text of the Deforestation Regulation. The Regulation in its current form will reduce market access and harm small farmers, with a bigger aim to protect uncompetitive European oilseed growers and processors that cannot compete against more cost-effective imported palm oil. This…

Media Statement from Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Plantation and Commodities, YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Bin Haji Yusof

EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products: A Deliberate Act To Block Market Access On 6th December 2022, The EU Council and Parliament reached a provisional deal on a proposal to minimise the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products that are imported into or exported from the European Union. As a producing and trading…

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