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Food Labeling Regulation formally adopted by EU

On 29 September 2011 the Council of the European Union formally adopted the revised Food Labeling Regulation, including the mandatory labeling of palm oil in food products. As well as enabling European consumers to make healthier dietary choices, the legislation represents a major achievement for the protection of apes and their habitats, and follows months of lobbying by EAZA and other organisations.

The new food labeling rules enter into force 20 days after their publication in the Official Journal of the EU which is expected for the end of November. The vast majority of them become applicable three years after their publication.

The majority of palm oil production takes place in Southeast Asia, where the conversion of tropical forest to mono-culture oil palm plantations leads to significant declines in already threatened species, such as the orangutan. The production of palm oil is the single greatest threat to orangutans in the wild, destroying their tropical forest homes and bringing them into conflict with people as they move to find refuge. Taking into account the disastrous effects of unsustainable palm oil production to the natural habitat of endangered species, EAZA believes that mandatory labeling of palm oil in foods will allow European consumers to be better informed of the potential environmental, social and ethical impacts of their purchases.


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