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Indonesia opposes EU’s planned two-tier food safety standards for vegetable oils

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 10, 2020   /  04:16 pm
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A worker gathers oil palm fruit bunches at a plantation in Lampung. Indonesia has labeled the European Union’s plan to impose two-tier food safety standards for vegetable oils as discriminatory.(The Jakarta Post/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has labeled the European Union’s plan to impose different food safety standards for palm oil compared to other vegetable oils as discriminatory The EU Commission plans to issue later this year a regulation that will limit the concentration of 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) – a chemical byproduct toxic to the kidneys and testes in high dosages – in vegetable oils sold within the bloc. Concentrations will be limited to 2.5 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for palm, olive pomace and nut oils and 1.25 mg/kg for rapeseed, maize, sunflower and soybean oil. Indonesia’s Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato said in Jakarta on Friday that the proposed “discriminatory” two-tier system would make EU consumers “perceive palm oil as bad” compared to other v...