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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!

Select your state below. We'll send an email to your state minister on your behalf now.

  • You are probably consuming palm oil every single day without realising it.
  • Palm oil is often disguised as "vegetable oil" on products.
  • Palm oil itself is not bad, but the unsustainable way that it's produced is devastating the habitats of orang-utans, rhinos, tigers and elephants.
  • Mandatory labelling of palm oil will help put pressure on food companies to start using sustainably-produced palm oil.
  • Consumer research shows that 95% of Australians support mandatory labelling of palm oil.
  • 419,000 Australians have already spoken out on behalf of orang-utans, tigers, rhinos and elephants as part of the Don't Palm Us Off campaign. 
  • The decision to introduce mandatory labelling of palm oil in Australia rests with a group of Ministers who make up the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

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