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.
You can read the Ministerial Communique here.
A press release will be sent on Monday once we have reviewed the technical report