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No. 57 (Dec 2012) p1-6
Possible Factors that Cause the Formation of 3-Monochloropropane-1, 2-diol (3-MCPD) Esters
Nuzul Amri Ibrahim; Muhamad Roddy Ramli and Siew Wai Lin

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Possible Factors that Cause the Formation of 3-Monochloropropane-1, 2-diol (3-MCPD) Esters

The 3-Monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) esters have been detected in thermally treated foodstuff such as breadcrumbs and crusts (Doležal et al., 2009), coffee (Doležal et al., 2005), baked cereal products (Hamlet and Sadd 2004) and doughnuts and french-fries (Svejkovska et al., 2004). These esters are part of a larger group of chloropropanediols (CPD). Surprisingly, the compound has also been detected in infant and baby food (Zelinkova et al., 2009) which triggered the demand for investigation by the general public since the compound is suspected to be a non-genotoxic carcinogen (JECFA, 2002).



Keyword(s): 3-MCPD ESTERS; REFINED PALM OIL; CHLOROPROPANEDIOLS


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No.56 (June 2012) p33-37
Palm Oil Supply and Disappearance: A Quarterly Review
AHMAD BORHAN Ahmad Nordin; NORRAFIDAH Mohamad Rapiee

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Palm Oil Supply and Disappearance: A Quarterly Review

The palm oil industry has continued to be a significant driver of the Malaysian economy and has established as one of major players in the international oils and fats business. Export earnings from oil palm products recorded RM 80.4 billion in 2011, a substantial increase of 34.4% from RM 59.8 billion in the previous year due to better prices of palm products. The supply and demand of Malaysian palm oil products in 2011 had gone under tremendous pressure such as weather uncertainties, rising crude oil price that has led to high input prices, stiff competition from Indonesian palm oil due to restructuring of palm oil export tax, non-trade barrier in the form of environmental issues, global and regional economic situations among other reasons.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL; SUPPLY; DEMAND; OIL PALM INDUSTRY-Malaysia


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No.56 (June 2012) p28-32
Legislations Enforced on the Oils and Fats Industry in China
WONG Soo Khwan; OOI Cheng Keat ; JI Min

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Legislations Enforced on the Oils and Fats Industry in China

China’s food industry seems to have taken a blow by the recent spate of tainted food incidents, putting the national food safety system in jeopardy. This has led to the tightening of the imported foods quality monitoring system by the Chinese authorities. Malaysian palm oil producers have been keeping a watchful eye on the development of legislations imposed on the trade and food safety measures on oils and fats industry. It is the aim of this paper to give a brief account on the legal system, the authorities involved and the machinery related to the food safety, food security, and trade policy of the country. Conventionally, cereal, oilseeds and vegetable oils including palm oil are the integral part of the food complex in the Chinese government’s purview. These are essential goods that are included in the consumer price index measurements, hence, sensitive to government control.

Keyword(s): OILS AND FATS INDUSTRY-China ; FOOD LAWS AND LEGISLATIONS ; FOOD SAFETY ; FOOD INDUSTRY-China ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.56 (June 2012) p18-22
Olive Oil and Palm Oil: The Myths and the Facts
VOON Phooi Tee; TONY NG Kock Wai * ; VERNA LEE Kar Mun * ; NESARETNAM, Kalanithi

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Olive Oil and Palm Oil: The Myths and the Facts

Many Greek young men have always wondered why longevity is a common phenomenon in their Greek village. Their parents had lived to a ripe old age and so did their grandparents. They were told that the phenomenon may be due to the Mediterranean diet. People living in the Mediterranean such as in Greece, Italy, and Crete have been consuming their traditional diets for generations. These traditional diets, collectively called the Mediterranean Diet, with its apparent health benefits have baffled both the scientist and the layman. What is so special about the Mediterranean diet? There is no single version of the Mediterranean diet, but common dietary features include plenty of fruits, vegetables, wheat, and the most common food ingredient in the Mediterranean cuisine - olive oil (Nestle, 1995). This edible oil comes in ‘virgin’ and ‘double virgin’ forms and has become a hit as salad dressing not only in the Mediterranean region, but also in several countries around the globe.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; OLIVE OIL ; ANTIOXIDANTS ; HEALTH AND NUTRITION ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.56 (June 2012) p16-17,23-27
Commercialisation of PORTSIM Research Projects in China
OOI Cheng Keat

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Commercialisation of PORTSIM Research Projects in China

The Palm Oil Research and Technical Service Institute of MPOB (PORTSIM) was established in 2005 in Shanghai, China to enhance Malaysian palm oil’s presence and establish closer ties with the oils and fats industry in China. The other objectives of PORTSIM are to expand the applications of palm oil in food and non-food products and to increase the imports of Malaysian palm oil products into China. In order to engage with the local companies to use more palm oil products, PORTSIM has established technical collaborations with Chinese universities, research institutes and enterprises. PORTSIM is also equipped with research and analytical facilities to conduct research projects. The three-party research collaboration involving PORTSIM, local companies and universities or research institutes ensures that newly developed products from the research projects are ready for commercialisation at the completion of the projects. Some of the completed and commercialised projects were: • vegetable lard for bakery products; • palm-based special oils for quick-frozen food and frozen bread dough; • frying oils for local fast food industry; and • Palm kernel cake (PKC) for cattle and aquaculture industry.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; PORTSIM ; COMMERCIALISATION ; FOOD INDUSTRY-China ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.56 (June 2012 ) p10-15
Market Survey of Solid Fats Used in China
JI Min; WONG Soo Khwan ; OOI Cheng Keat

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Market Survey of Solid Fats Used in China

Ever since the successful economic reform and implementation of open market policy in China, the food industry has developed tremendously into a sophisticated speciality fats market. Solid fats such as dough fat, margarine, shortening, palm stearin and animal fats have emerged as important ingredients in the food processing industry. Margarine processing technology was introduced into China in the early 1980s and by 1984, the manufacturing capacity of margarine and shortening recorded was about 20 000 t yr-1. The built up capacity reached 150 000 t in 1996, and increased further to 300 000 t in 2001. The oils and fats industry went through changes after China gained WTO accession in late 2001. Foreign-funded enterprises entered China increasing the capacity of margarine, dough fat and shortening production and it has reached 1 million tonnes per year.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; FOOD INDUSTRY-China ; SOLID FATS CONTENT ; TRANS FATTY ACIDS ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.56 (June 2012) p6-9
Development of Oleochemicals in China
OOI Cheng Keat; YOONG Jun Hao

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Development of Oleochemicals in China

The oleochemical industry in China has grown rapidly in the last few years. The growth was attributed to the growing demand of the oleochemical derivatives by the many industries in China. The main driving force for this growth is the increase in disposable income of the population and the strong economic growth in China for the past two decades. Production of basic oleochemicals totaled more than 1.6 million tonnes in 2010 and imports from Malaysia was more than 300 000 t in 2011. The industry is moving from producing basic oleochemicals to producing derivatives that have broad usage, excellent product performance, value-added, safe for human use, environmentally compatible and biodegradable.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; OLEOCHEMICAL INDUSTRY-China ; OLEOCHEMICALS ; SOAP MANUFACTURE ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.56 (June 2012) p1-5
China: Oils and Fats Scenario
OOI Cheng Keat; YOONG Jun Hao

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China: Oils and Fats Scenario

China is the world’s most populous country with a population of over 1.3 billion. China consumed more than 32 million tonnes of oils and fats but produced only 22.8 million tonnes of oils and fats. The huge differences between production and consumption can only be met by imports. The country is now one of the leading importers of oils and fats in the world market; amounting to about 15% of the total oils and fats traded in the world market in 2011 (Table 1). Palm oil is one of the major oils and fats imported by China, accounting for about 64% of all oils and fats imported by China in 2011.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; PALM OIL & OIL PALM INDUSTRY-China ; FORECAST ; MARKET DEVELOPMENT ; STATISTICS ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.55 (Dec 2011) p20-24
Market Development of Red Palm Fruit Oil and its Contribution in Africa and Southeast Asia
UNNITHAN, U.R.; FOO, S.P. ; ELANKO, Sarala

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Market Development of Red Palm Fruit Oil and its Contribution in Africa and Southeast Asia

Red Palm Fruit Oil comes from oil palms that are traditionally grown in tropical regions of West Africa and are now cultivated on a large-scale in Southeast Asia. Malaysia is one of the world leaders in exports of palm oil. It is a traditional oil used for more than 5000 years in African countries. Crude palm oil is a rich source of natural carotenes (500-700 ppm) (Yap et al., 1991) and vitamin E (600-1000 ppm) (Goh et al., 1985). A patented, non-chemical and environmental-friendly process has been developed that retains more than 80% of the carotenes and vitamin E as tocopherols and tocotrienols, in the final products. Besides natural carotenes and vitamin E, Red Palm Fruit Oil contains other valuable minor components such as phytosterols, squalene and co-enzyme Q10. The entire range of refined red palm fruit oil products including red palm olein, stearin, superolein is marketed as a good source of natural carotenes and vitamin E. These products meet all international specifications of refined oil except for colour due to the presence of natural carotenes. A sensory evaluation showed that Red Palm Fruit Oil products are comparable to refined bleached and deodorised (RBD) palm oil products (Choo et al., 1993).

Keyword(s): PALM OIL AND OIL PALM INDUSTRY-Africa ; MARKET DEVELOPMENT ; PRODUCTION FORECASTS ; STATISTICS ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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No.55 (Dec 2011) p12-15
Effects of Dietary Fats on Gut Hormones Release and Satiety
SIMON TOH Wai Hong; VOON Phooi Tee ; NESARETNAM, Kalanithi

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Effects of Dietary Fats on Gut Hormones Release and Satiety

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. In 2008, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 1.5 billion adults globally (age ≥ 20 years) were overweight and at least 500 million adults were obese. In addition, WHO forecasted that approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million adults will be obese by 2015 (WHO, 2010). Meanwhile, more than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes (WHO, 2011). Gut hormones release has been shown to play a role in the prevalence of obesity through food intake reduction and appetite satisfaction. Release of gut hormones could be regulated by the consumption of dietary fats. Moreover, gut hormones such as glucagon like-peptide 1 and glucagon insulinotropic dependent polypeptide have been implicated in the treatment of patients with diabetes.

Keyword(s): PALM OIL ; DIETARY FATS ; OBESITY ; GUT HORMONES ; MPOB PUBLICATIONS


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