Malaysia Bans Discriminatory ‘Palm Oil Free’ Label on Products

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Malaysia Bans Discriminatory 'Palm Oil Free' Label on Products

PALMOILMAGAZINE, KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian government has taken a firm stance against discriminatory practices by banning the imposition of a ‘Palm Oil Fee’ on products derived from palm oil. Those found guilty of this offense may face fines of up to RM 250,000, as stipulated by the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.

Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, Malaysia’s Minister of Plantation and Commodity, underscored the importance of protecting the country’s palm oil industry and addressing discriminatory labeling practices. He stated that his ministry would collaborate with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs to ensure justice is served, with strict action taken against traders or marketers found violating the regulation.

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Johari also highlighted that any supermarket found selling products with discriminatory labels would face penalties in accordance with existing regulations, as reported by Palmoilmagazine.com citing the New Straits Times.

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Malaysian Palm Oil Board did study to identify every product using discriminatory label on palm oil in the country. The survey results showed that some products have put ‘No Palm Oil’ label. This is taken as discriminatory to palm oil and he said that there would be collaboration with Tax Department to keep such products in the entrance before they are sold in Malaysia. (T2)

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