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European Commission expects to finalise study on palm oil mid-November. There is no specific EU policy on palm oil, but palm oil is connected with many EU policy areas, including deforestation, food policy, trade, employment, development cooperation, RED and biofuels, research etc. Although this report does not suggest policy options it will feed into the debate on how to make trade …

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Environment and Sustainability

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Council tackles land-use, land-use change and forestry in the EU For countries outside the EU it sometimes feels like the EU only looks across its borders to tackle land-use, land-use change and forestry. The Council envisages to agreeing a negotiating position on land-use, land-use change and forestry in the EU before the end of the year.  This compromise is needed to …

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Nutrition and Health

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Stay up to date with TFA: As the scene in legislative developments on Trans Fatty Acids (TFA) is coming more and more in the spotlight, IMACE has updated its Q&A on TFA in order to provide reliable and up to date information on the topic. The EU is currently investigating the possibility of introducing regulations with the aim to further …

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A recently published presidential advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA), once again, confirms IMACE’s position on the health benefits of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats.

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This American Heart Association (AHA) presidential advisory on dietary fats and CVD reviewed and discussed the scientific evidence, including the most recent studies, on the effects of dietary saturated fat intake and its replacement by other types of fats and carbohydrates on CVD. In summary: Randomized controlled trials that lowered intake of dietary saturated fat and replaced it with polyunsaturated …

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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