Palm Oil on the Edge

Gesteiro, Eva, Guijarro, Luis, Sánchez Muniz, Francisco J., Vidal Carou, María del Carmen, Troncoso, Ana, Venanci, Lluis, Jimeno Vinatea, Vicente ORCID:, Quilez, Joan, Anadón, Arturo and González Gross, Marcela (2019). Palm Oil on the Edge. "Nutrients", v. 11 (n. 9); pp. 2008-2043. ISSN 2072-6643.


Title: Palm Oil on the Edge
  • Gesteiro, Eva
  • Guijarro, Luis
  • Sánchez Muniz, Francisco J.
  • Vidal Carou, María del Carmen
  • Troncoso, Ana
  • Venanci, Lluis
  • Jimeno Vinatea, Vicente
  • Quilez, Joan
  • Anadón, Arturo
  • González Gross, Marcela
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Nutrients
Date: August 2019
ISSN: 2072-6643
Volume: 11
Freetext Keywords: palm oil; sustainability; 3MCPD; palmitic acid; cardiovascular disease; food industry; communication
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Internationally recognized Spanish experts in the food industry, nutrition, toxicology, sustainability, and veterinary science met in Madrid on July 2018 to develop a consensus about palm oil (PO) as a food ingredient. Their aim was to provide a useful, evidence-based point of reference about PO. Scientific evidence about the role of PO in food safety, nutrition and sustainability was analyzed. Main conclusions were: (1) RSPO foundation responded to the environmental impact of palm crops. The Amsterdam Declaration pursues the use of 100% sustainable PO in Europe by 2020. Awareness about choosing sustainable products will help to maintain local economies and environments in the producing countries; (2) evidence shows that a moderate intake of PO within a healthy diet presents no risks for health. No evidence justifies any change fat intake recommendations; (3) food industry is interested in assuring safe, sustainable and high-quality products. The use of certified sustainable PO is increasing; and (4) there is no evidence associating PO consumption and higher cancer risk, incidence or mortality in humans. Tolerable daily intake (TDI) for toxic contaminants (2-and 3-monochloropropanediols (MCPDs), glycidyl esters (GEs)) have been established by JECFA and EFSA. Consequently, the European Commission has modified the Contaminants Regulation for GEs and it is still working on 3-MCPDs’.

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Item ID: 64527
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DOI: 10.3390/nu11092008
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 13 Oct 2020 10:06
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 10:07
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