‘No Palm Oil’ labels mislead Malaysian consumers and perpetrate an injustice against small farmers and other palm oil producers, Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong has explained. The economic well-being of Malaysian small farmers is threatened by the labels.
The Minister has successfully demanded the removal of the labels from Arla Foods products in Malaysia. This is a welcome victory for Malaysian Palm Oil producers. The Government also invites the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to enforce its rules, ensuring that none of its member companies use such discriminatory labelling in the future.
Read the full Q&A with the Minister in the New Straits Times
“The ‘No Palm Oil’ labels…are there for only one reason — to imply that because a product does not contain palm oil, it is somehow nutritionally or environmentally superior. This is false and an unacceptable attempt to mislead Malaysian consumers”.
“We cannot accept that foreign companies come to Malaysia and denigrate our products”.
“I set out the government’s position very clearly that the labels must be removed. This is motivated by the need to protect our Malaysian palm oil small farmers, and all of those in the country who depend on palm oil production”.
“Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has also said recently that the government will not be silent on any campaign against palm oil and will give a fitting response to those who harmed the palm oil industry”.
Read the full Q&A from the New Straits Times.