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Palm Oil

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had on the substituting of trans-fats with sustainable palm oil; and if he will make a statement; (159352)

(2) what discussions he has had on the use of sustainable palm oil in UK food products; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what measures he plans to take to encourage the use of palm oil derived from sustainable sources in food products; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State (Alan Johnson) has asked the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to conduct an immediate investigation into the use of trans-fats, to examine whether there is more we should ask the food industry to do in this area.

The FSA is in discussion with food businesses about the reformulation of their products to improve the nutrition content. As part of these discussions, the potential role of palm oil as a substitute for hydrogenated vegetable oils in some foods has been highlighted.