The Oils and Fats Technology Centre (OFTEC) is a research centre under the Product Development and Advisory Services (PDAS) division. Its research and development activities focus on the application of palm oil in food products. It is equipped with adequate laboratory facilities for oils and fats analyses, and pilot plant facilities to support the role of the division as a front liner in the palm oil industry. OFTEC is currently involved in research programmes on trans-free formulations, frying, structured fat products, non-dairy milk, cheese analogue, palm-based chocolate and processing. Beside these, the group also actively provides services to researchers from other units in MPOB, universities and the oil palm industry. OFTEC has the following facilities that are available for use by the researchers and industry: • margarine and shortening pilot plant, • batch fryers, • batch-scale bread-making machine, • colloid mill for producing emulsion products, • laboratory-scale spray-drying unit for producing coconut milk (santan) powder and coffee whitener, • laboratory-scale production machine for chocolate and chocolate products, • laboratory-scale ice cream machine, • refining pilot plant, • chemical interesterification pilot plant, and • enzymatic interesterification reactors.
Keywords: MPOB PUBLICATIONS, OFTEC (OILS AND FATS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, OILS AND FATS, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT