Malaysia asks WHO to pull 'biased' report on palm oil industry

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  • 02 Feb 2019 12:00 AM
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Malaysia Asks WHO to Pull 'Biased' Report on Palm Oil Industry

According to the Malaysian Ministry of Primary Industries, the WHO Bulletin report on the palm oil industry makes claims that “casts aspersions on the reputation of our scientists and researchers” and ignores findings on the nutritional value of palm oil published in peer-reviewed science journals. “We view the article as half-truths, un-scholarly, flawed and utterly biased against palm oil, with suspected intention of demonizing the palm oil industry,” it said. The report suggests that palm oil industry is deploying tactics similar to tobacco and alcohol lobbyists to influence research into the health effects of its products. WHO said the report was published with a disclaimer and cannot be described as a study by the organization, according to the statement. The production of palm oil, used in everything from cooking oil to chocolate, lipstick and shampoo, has been criticized, particularly in Western countries, for the alleged damage to rainforests and for causing water and air pollution. Governments and producers have struggled to improve the perception and marketability of the oil.

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