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European Parliament discusses path towards sustainable palm oil.

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Palm oil has been linked to deforestation of tropical forests and as such received a lot of negative attention in the recent years. April 4, the European Parliament approved a resolution on “Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests,” developed under the lead of Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL). Parliament supports the industry commitment to sustainable palm oil The industry is committed to …

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Sustainability criteria increasingly taken up in dietary guidelines

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There is increased attention to the impact of food production and consumption. In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of food production and consumption, some countries, non-governmental and charitable organisations as well as civil society movements have developed dietary recommendations that are considered more sustainable. Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK have already included sustainability in their dietary …

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The International Expert Movement to improve dietary fat quality (IEM) concluded that replacing saturated fat by cis –polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with significant CHD risk reduction.

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In the recent years the scientific community has been challenged with contrasting findings in relation to the health effects of Saturated Fatty Acid (SAFA) consumption and in particular in relation with their role on Cardiovascular Heart Disease (CVD). These controversial findings have questioned the current SAFA dietary recommendations, generated vigorous debate. To update and discuss the science linking SAFA consumption …

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Modernising the EU Common Agricultural Policy

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While the future of the CAP is already debated in various instances, the European Commission launched its “Consultation on modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy.” Sourcing large amounts of European vegetable oil, IMACE has a strong interest in a competitive, economically viable and healthy agricultural sector.  European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan suggested that he is open to real …

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IMACE Calendar

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IMACE will attend the following events : • EPOA, Industry meeting, Brussels 04 May 2017 • EC Conference on EU Action Plan on Deforestation, Brussels 20-24 May 2017 • European Development Days 7-8 June 2017 • IMACE General Assembly, Maastricht 8-9 June 2017 • RSPO 5th European Round Table, London  12-13 June 2017  

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ESPOAG Press Release on the European Parliament Resolution on Palm Oil

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On April 4, 2017, the European Parliament approved a resolution to support the road to sustainable palm oil. The Parliament “notes the efforts and progress made by the food manufacturing sector to source certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO),” and highlights tools including trade, trade agreements, and development coopereation. ESPOAG has taken a proactive stance and already committed to 100% sustainable …

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ESPOAG Statement on the EP ENVI Committee Report on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests

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On March 20, 2017 the European Parliament ENVI Committee published its report on “Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests.” ESPOAG has taken a proactive stance and already committed to 100% sustainable palm oil uptake in Europe by 2020 in support of the EU objective to stop deforestation by 2030 at the latest. The Committee “notes the efforts and progress made …

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Increased fortification of margarine and milk (combined) with vitamin D could increase intake of vitamin D at population level, as shown by Rajwinder et al., 2016

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As there is increasingly global concern regarding the difficulty to meet recommended intake levels of Vitamin D at population level, it is being demonstrated that, margarine may play a key role at population level intake. Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. There is also evidence on the …

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Replacing SAFA by cis –polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with significant CHD risk reduction as concluded by IEM workshop and recently published to its proceedings report (Nettleton et al., 2017)

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In the recent years the scientific community has been challenged with contrasting findings in relation to the health effects of Saturated Fatty Acid (SAFA) consumption and in particular in relation with their role on Cardiovascular Heart Disease (CVD). These controversial findings have questioned the current SAFA dietary recommendations, generated vigorous debate. To update and discuss the science linking SAFA consumption …

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A recently published study conducted by Harvard University and Brigham hospitals (USA) confirms, once again, the protective role of unsaturated fats on preventing death related to heart disease, cancer and neurogenerative diseases (Wang et al., 2016).

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The study found that replacement of saturated fats with unsaturated fats can confer substantial health benefits and should continue to be a key message to current dietary recommendations. This very important piece of research initiated in 1980 until 2012 (i.e. 32 years), following the dietary intake, lifestyle and disease relation for a total of 83, 349 women (from the Nurse’s …