Unmask Palm Oil. The Australasian campaign for mandatory labelling of palm oil

Following the recent Tasmanian election Michael Ferguson becomes the new Minister of Health. Michael and these nine others form the group of ministers voting in 2015 on whether to progress mandatory labelling of palm oil 

See the updated list at:http://www.unmaskpalmoil.co.nz/unmaskpalmoil10

View post...

Join the Facebook event for updates https://www.facebook.com/events/847303431962627/?ref=22

View post...

2013 saw Unmask Palm Oil fight for labelling in New Zealand: a petition of 7500 people was presented to parliament, three political parties joined our cause, 4000 people saw a campaign presentation and we ran five volunteer workshops across the country. This year in 2014 Unmask Palm Oil expands into Australia ahead of the all important ministerial meeting that will decide Australian and New Zealand policy on palm oil labelling.

The decision to expand our campaign into Australia was made on the basis that New Zealand and Australia share food labelling laws. Food regulation in Australia and New Zealand is administered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and governed by the ‘Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation.’ Put more simply the Legislative and Governance Forum is the ‘boss’ and FSANZ is the ‘employee.’

Read More

View post...

A very promising meeting between our Campaign Coordinator, Ben Dowdle and New Zealand National MP, Maurice Williamson who is a great advocate of consumer choice

View post...
View post...

A fantastic video from our friends at WWF

The team from Unmask Palm Oil receiving their award at the Outlook For Someday film awards

Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfzyRW5NCeU

View post...

Ben Dowdle from Unmask Palm Oil and Carly Day from Auckland Zoo on the Good Morning show in NZ. Watch the interview here http://tvnz.co.nz/good-morning/extra-palm-oil-video-5662858 

View post...

Dear Ms Kaye,

I am writing to you on behalf of Unmask Palm Oil regarding your position on clearer labelling of vegetable oils and to urge you to support recommendation 12 of the Labelling Logic report.

The Unmask Palm Oil campaign exists to support the introduction of clearer labelling of vegetable oils with a particular focus on palm oil.

As you may know, under current labelling laws in Australia and New Zealand, companies can label oils generically as vegetable oil without reference to the specific oils. This makes it impossible for consumers wishing to avoid certain oils, particularly palm oil.

An extension to our labelling laws would give consumers the right to choose and create a level playing field for companies.

Read More

View post...

image

Unmask Palm Oil have today presented their petition to parliament calling for clearer labelling of palm oil. The petition received 7400 signatures and was received by Jacinda Ardern, Damien O’Connor, Mojo Mathers, Te Ururoa Flavell and Barbara Stewart.

Ben Dowdle, Unmask Palm Oil Campaign Coordinator says: “A small change to our confusing labelling laws would allow consumers to know which products are using palm oil. There is a widespread feeling that consumers deserve better information to allow them to make better choices, palm oil labelling is part of that.”                  

“We hope that the Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, will take note. To have such strong support from the parties and 7400 signatures behind us from around the country shows that labelling is inevitable.”

The proposal for mandatory labelling of all vegetable oils will soon be in front of the Minister as part of a comprehensive review of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). The change requires the support of food safety Ministers from New Zealand and the states of Australia.

Photo credit: Ella Soryl

View post...