On Friday 29 June, the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met to once again discuss a number of food-related issues, one being the labelling of fats and oils on food products.
While a decision on labelling of oils was once again delayed, for the first time, the Forum acknowledged that consumers’ ability to clearly identify fats in oils is restricted due to lack of labelling.
The Forum also noted that they are tasked to make decisions based on health reasons, not environmental concerns. To us, this is a clear message that they heard all of your voices and want to acknowledge all the letters and emails you wrote on behalf of the orang-utans, tigers, elephants and other wildlife.
To the tens of thousands of school children who put their hands up to write letters to their Minister this term, and the 9,985 people who wrote emails over the past few months, thank you!
The Ministers have asked the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Food Regulation Standing Committee to provide advice about fats and oil labelling to Ministers in mid-2019.
Victoria is the only state or territory in Australia to publicly support this legislation that would see palm oil clearly labelled on all food products.
After nine years of campaigning we're still not there yet, but we have taken a big step in the right direction. We'll keep you updated on next steps in continuing to fight for our wildlife - don't let them palm you off!