Malaysian, Indonesia to counter black campaign on CPO


The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) established by Malaysia and Indonesia—the world’s two largest crude palm oil (CPO) producers—will soon conduct research to counter a black campaign against the product.

CPO and palm oil products of both Indonesia and Malaysia have recently faced difficulties to enter some developed markets, such as the EU, because of tough requirements related to environmental issues.

Indonesia and Malaysia had agreed to respond to the black campaign because CPO was an important export commodity for the two countries, said Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

"We need to make a joint study, not only on marketing, but also to respond certain [environmental] issues so that palm oil products can be accepted all over the world," Najib said.

Meanwhile, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita gave the example that currently CPO from Malaysia and Indonesia had difficulties entering France, citing a study’s findings that said palm oil products consisted of a substance that caused cancer.

"Soon, CPOPC will conduct research to counter this allegation," the minister said.

The CPOPC, which was initiated by Indonesia and Malaysia in early October, is aimed at finding solutions for various problems facing the palm oil industry. The council is also set to expand its membership by including some other palm oil-producing countries.



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