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Media release: Palm oil labelling campaigners urge New Zealanders to continue to ask for choice - Media Release 28 November 2016 Palm oil labelling campaigners urge New Zealanders to continue to ask for choice Unmask Palm Oil and New Zealand’s four major zoos say that although Friday’s decision by the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to delay voting on palm oil labelling is frustrating,  they are encouraged that the Forum will… Read More
Good and bad news on labelling - While we don’t have as clear an outcome as we would have liked, palm oil labelling has progressed. We have just had word that the ‘Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation’ has agreed to progress development of a policy for clear labelling of vegetable oils but they chose against initiating the formal policy process as we… Read More
Health groups come out in favour of labelling -   Public health professionals and groups have come out strongly in favour of clearer labelling of vegetable oils and have signed their support in an open letter to Ministers of the Ministerial Forum that will be deciding whether mandatory labelling of vegetable oils should proceed to the final stages of policy development. Some of the signatories… Read More
Ask for Choice – Campaign Update - Hear how the campaign is tracking and what you can do to help… Read More
Ask for Choice Interview - An interview with Ben Dowdle, Director of Unmask Palm Oil on the campaign… Read More

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While we don’t have as clear an outcome as we would have liked, palm oil labelling has progressed.

We have just had word that the 'Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation' has agreed to progress development of a policy for clear labelling of vegetable oils but they chose against initiating the formal policy process as we had hoped. This means they will be further researching how all vegetable oils impact on human health before deciding whether to begin the formal process.

New Zealand’s four major zoos, our Australian partners and Unmask Palm Oil are disappointed that it is not a clear outcome, but we are encouraged the forum is still progressing labelling and we welcome the support of the New Zealand and Victorian Governments.

This further highlights our view that the process involved is unnecessarily slow and completely undemocratic. This work began in 2009 and we will continue to work hard to see it through to the end.

We want to thank you all for your amazing support and we will continue to update you as more information comes to light.
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