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26671. 12/09/2002
Thursday, September 12, 2002 (The Star) - SUNGAI PETANI: Re-trenchedestate workers in Kedah will be entitled to housing from now on, saidstate Health, Unity, Social Welfare and Indian Affairs committee chairmanDatuk V. Saravanan.He said the decision was made at a meeting with Malaysian Agricultural andPlantation Association and Malaysian Palm Oil Association on Tuesday.The two associations had agreed to the state government’s proposal to havethe respective estate managements build houses for affected workers orprovide suitable land for the state to build them, he said.The two associations, he said, would finalise details with theirrespective headquarters before attending another meeting on Oct 10 to sortout the housing projects.“We will discuss with all quarters, including government departments, tosort out ways to build houses for affected workers,’’ he added.The Estate Workers Housing Committee, a special committee formed recentlyand chaired by state Human Resources Committee chairman Osman Md Aji, ishandling the matter.He said more than 1,000 estate workers were retrenched by the respectivemanagements and evicted since 1999 following their decision to replantrubber estates with oil palm.“The workers have been slogging for years and it is time their sacrificesare recognised,” he said.He was commenting on initiatives to address the housing problems ofretrenched estate workers in Kedah.Saravanan, who is also Estate Workers Housing committee deputy chairmanand state MIC chairman, said there were 30 estate managements in Kedahmanaging 45 rubber estates and oil palm plantations.Commending the state’s efforts to resolve the longstanding housing problemof estate workers, Kedah/Perlis National Union of Plantation Workerssecretary I. Santha-nadass said hundreds of retrenched rubber estateworkers were now odd job labourers.
26672. 12/09/2002
Nidhi Nath Srinavas 09/11/2002( Asia Intelligence Wire) - The one thingthey now need is a painkiller. Caught between a complete governmentclamp-down on underinvoicing and a zooming international market, all soyaoil brands in India have raised prices in the last two weeks. But theagony, some say, is just beginning.Leading brands like the Adani group's Fortune, in fact, are planning tofurther increase prices in the coming weeks to pass on to consumers somemore of the rise in crude oil prices.Fortune has already raised the price charged to retailer from Rs 37/l amonth ago, to Rs 43/l. Its MRP has risen from Rs 47 to Rs 49/l. Otherslike Cargill's Nature Fresh have raised the MRP from Rs 48/l to Rs 52/l inthe last three weeks.Even the price of soya oil blends have shot up. Marico's Sweekar blend hasrisen from Rs 58 to Rs 63. AgroTch Foods' Sundrop Nutrilite has risen fromRs 52 to Rs 59.Though international markets have always been bullish, the rise has beenparticularly steep in the last one month, when they shot up $450/t to$510/t now.Usually, companies which have contracted their oil in advance stand togain substantially in such a situation as they can sell at far more thanlanded price.But this opportunity was lost when the government clamped down on rampantunderinvoicing by introducing a tariff value on soya oil. Consequently,irrespective of the price at which the oil is contracted, all importershave to pay a duty on a government-determined price of $542/t."The impact of the tariff value has been Rs 2.50/l, while that of risingworld markets another Rs 2/l. But no brand can afford to pass on the totalincrease of Rs 4.50/l at one go. So after this Rs 2/l hike, another one isdefinitely on the cards very soon. But the worst hit are those who wereunderinvoicing, because they now have to pay higher duty to customs thanthe rest," industry watchers said.Most branded players are happy with the imposition of tariff value on soyaas it removes players which were undercutting the market. The governmentfirst imposed a tariff value last year on palm oil and its products toprevent underinvoicing."Obviously the government was not strict enough with those caughtunderinvoicing palm oil last year because the same players were now doingit in soya. Hopefully, action taken by the DRI will be so stringent thisyear that no company will attempt to risk it again," they added.
26673. 12/09/2002
9/9/2002 (U.S. Patents) - Abstract: This invention provides methods ofinfusing compositions including phytochemicals, nutraceuticals such asvitamins, herbal extracts, and medicinals into food products, including,e.g., juices, fruits, vegetables, and meats, etc. The resulting infusedfood products are consumable products which are helpful in alleviatingdietary insufficiency and/or to prevent or treat diseases such as cancer,heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, etc.Ex Claim Text: A method of infusing a phytochemical, nutraceutical,flavor, or color composition into a food product, the method comprising:a. increasing brix of an osmotic dehydration solution comprising anosmotic dehydration solute and the food product over a period of time,wherein increasing brix is carried out by adding osmotic dehydrationsolute to the osmotic dehydration solution, replacing at least part of theosmotic dehydration solution, or a combination thereof, and b. incubatingthe food product with the phytochemical, nutraceutical, flavor, or colorcomposition, thereby infusing the composition into the food product.Patent Number: 6440449Issue Date: 2002 08 27If you would like to purchase a copy of this patent, please callMicroPatent at 800-648-6787.Inventor(s): Hirschberg, Edward
26674. 12/09/2002
Thursday, September 12, 2002 (The Star) - THE Malaysian Palm Oil PromotionCouncil (MPOPC) plans to set up palm oil distribution centres in Africa,Central Asia and Eastern Europe to boost palm oil exports and establishnew markets in the respective regions, according to its regional marketcommittee chairman Victor Ngo.“We are in the process of identifying suitable locations for such centres,’’ Ngo told reporters after a seminar held in conjunction with the Palm OilTrade Awareness Programme (POTAP) 2002 – Africa, Central Asia and EasternEuropean in Petaling Jaya yesterday.He mentioned port cities such as Durban in South Africa, Mombassa inKenya, Dar-e-Salam in Tanzania and Odessa in the Ukraine as potentialsites to be developed as centralised hubs for Malaysian palm oil exports.“It’s more economical to send one big shipment from Malaysia to a singlepoint before distributing it to small buyers in the region,’’ Ngo said.Last year, Malaysian palm oil exports to the African continent and easternEuropean countries amounted to about half a million tonnes and 300,000respectively.Exports to South Africa reached 163,600 tonnes, Algeria 82,000 tonnes andNigeria 78,700 tonnes.Meanwhile, Ukraine bought 68,500 tonnes of Malaysian palm oil last yearand Russia 113,700 tonnes.“We have the potential to triple the amount within the next few years,’’Ngo said.The 5-day event organised by the MPOPC was to provide information on theMalaysian palm oil industry with special focus given to developing newmarkets for its products.Malaysia’s palm oil production this year is expected to reach 11.6 milliontonnes, of which 90% is exported.India, China and Pakistan account for a combined 40% of Malaysia’s totalpalm oil exports.With production both from Malaysia and Indonesia, the two biggest palm oilproducers in the world, set to rise further in the future, there is a needto develop new markets for palm oil products.
26675. 12/09/2002
09/06/2002 (Asia Intelligence Wire) - Three new products from coconut oilwere recently developed by researchers attached with the Department ofScience and Technology.Researchers from the National Institute of Molecular Biology andBiotechnology (Biotech) based at the University of the Philippines LosBanos used the enzyme lipase to develop high-value specialty fats, flavoresters, and antibacterial agents from coconut oil.Lipase, an enzyme that accelerates the hydrolysis or synthesis of fats,was used to catalyze coconut oil and turn it into the specialty fat calledmedium chain triglyceride (MCT).Aside from its lower calorie content, MCT is also easily absorbed by thebody and it is also quickly used up as energy and does not stay as bodyfat.Biotech also developed beta monoglyceride (BMG), an antibacterial agentused to protect fruit and vegetables from bacterial infection, andpreserve their color, odor and firmness for up to two weeks.DoST said BMG fights bacteria that causes diarrhea and gastrointestinaldiseases without adverse side effects.The research team also developed coconut oil-derived flavor esters likebanana-flavored isoamyl acetate and pineapple-flavored ethyl butyrate.
26676. 11/09/2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) -- Malaysian businesses and investors mustfully exploit China's "Go-West" policy which aims to develop Western Chinaas it would create immense trade and investment opportunities, theMinister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz,said Tuesday.To help Malaysian companies in this, MITI will organise a trade andinvestment mission to Xi'an and Chongqing in Western China as well asShanghai from Sept 22-29.
26677. 09/09/2002
9/5/2002 (NSTP) - Anti-palm oil activists have turned to using allegeddespoiling of the environment to discourage the consumption of thecommodity. Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik saidthese groups claimed that consumption of palm oil based products woulddestroy the forests in the developing world."They have also come out with advertisements that when you consume palmoil you also destroy the orang Utan," he told reporters after attendingthe Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council gala dinner at a hotel hereyesterday.Dr Lim said this Minister move was put into action as Malaysiasuccessfully thwarted a campaign sometime back which claimed that palm oillacked nutritional value when compared to its rival vegetable oils.He said the environment issue had something to with the World TradeOrganisation trading arrangement which raised, among others, labour andhuman rights subjects to bring advantage to developed countries in thisera of globalisation.Dr Lim, who would be closely observing any trade issues associated withenvironment and forest destruction at the Johannesburg Earth Summit, saidhe would provide his input if the need arose. Deputy Prime Minister DatukSeri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will lead the Malaysian delegation which isscheduled to leave on Sept 1.He cited about 60 per cent of Malaysia's land area was still covered withforest and those against developing countries were unfair. "What has palmoil got to do with environment and forestry. Soya bean in the UnitedStates is planted on forest removed about 400 years ago," he said.Dr Lim said there still arose problem on the definition of sustainabledevelopment of forest. "Instead, such definition is linked to timbercertification and eco-labelling because the United Nation Forum on Foresthas not come out with the criteria," he said.He said NGOs, namely the Forest Stewardship Council had bulldozed andpressured most of the European Governments to accept them as the authorityfor the signing of agreements with timber producing countries."They insist that it is their certification that is valid," Dr Lim added.The Johannesburg meeting on sustainable development is the second afterthe first global agreement on the environment held in Rio De Janeiro in1992. Dr Lim said the United States under the leadership of George Bush(1988-1992) declared there would be no forest convention without firstholding an Earth Summit."Tan Sri Razali Ismail was appointed chairman of the UN Commission onSustainable Development to implement the decision of the first Summit.Malaysia called for a convention on forestry and the first one to run awaywas the US," he added.Dr Lim said developed nations only talked but lacked action. " They andtheir NGOs will instead make use of the Johannesburg meeting to push formore conditons to promote their cause," he said.-V. Anbalagan,New Straits Times
26678. 09/09/2002
9/16/2002 (Oxy-Fuel News ) - Europe's plan to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions includes the increased use of biofuels, and that is somethingthe industry needs to remember, Peter Vis, principal administrator withthe climate change unit of the European Commission's environmental grouptold attendees at the Hart World Fuels Conference in Brussels. Butbiofuels aren't exactly a popular method of CO2 reduction among therefining industry, including Europe's number one industry voice, Europia."Europia's view is that biofuels have the potential to complement autofuels, providing that we remain within the [biofuels] directivespecifications,"said Europia Deputy Secretary General Valerie Callaud."The problem with biofuels is their cost."Biofuels enjoy neutrality of treatment among consumers because of taxationdirectives, but since the public pays for that cost anyway, "theircontribution is rather low compared to cost," Callaud said.What's more, the biofuels mandate is unfair because some European Unionmember states don't have enough crops to produce enough biofuel to blendsat 5.5%, as the biofuels directive calls for, she said. Some only haveenough to use 2.2% biofuel blends and will have to import for theremainder, Callaud noted. Therefore, "biofuels should not be mandated,"she said. Any biofuels mandate should be left up to individual memberstates, she stressed.However, Andrew Owens with Greenergy, pointed out that 'biofuels' don'tall come from the agricultural sector, noting that his company producesbiofuels from waste products.The point, to Owens, is: "Some [biofuels] are worthwhile, and some are,frankly, hopeless, but they should not all be discounted because of thehopelessness."We have to move away from this averaging mentality and that's where a lotof the arguments against biofuels fall down, because on average, they maybe bad, or they may be unacceptable, or they may be expensive, but thereare some gems there," he continued.
26679. 09/09/2002
NEW DELHI, Aug 29 Asia Pulse - The federal Food and Commerce Ministrieshave favoured a cut in import duty on oilseeds and crude palm oil (CPO) onaccount of price increases."Federal Commerce Ministry mooted the proposal for slashing the importduty on edible oils and oilseeds, federal Food Ministry has given itsconsent to cut duty on CPO by 35 per cent and also in principle approvedcutting duty on oilseeds," official sources told PTI.They said the move has been initiated in the wake of a rise in edible oilprices in the last few months which could increase even further, owing toa fall in production leading to distress for the consumers.The proposed cut in duty on CPO will bring it down to 30 per cent from thepresent 65 per cent and "is in consumer interest", they added.It will not be addressed for any specific sector like vanaspati, whichuses CPO as the primary raw material, but for all the categories andrestricted to the next six months.A duty cut in oilseeds will also ensure sufficient raw material forextracting oils. Greater inflow of crude oils is expected to increaseutilisation of refining capacity.They said the proposal is now with the federal Finance Ministry, eventhough the federal Agriculture Ministry has opposed the move and based onthe comments of the four ministries, a final decision will be taken by theCabinet.India is the world's largest importer of edible oils and purchased 4.8million tonnes last year (November-October), including 1.4 million tonnesof CPO.
26680. 09/09/2002
OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 3 (PRNewswire) -- McDonald's USA announced today asignificant reduction of trans fatty acids (TFAs) in its fried menu itemswith the introduction of improved cooking oil in all of its 13,000 restaurants
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