Palm Oil Contains Carcinogenic Substance, Says EU Food Safety Authority

Palm Oil Contains Carcinogenic SubstanceThe European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announces that substances found in palm oil raise a potential health concern.

They identified one component of palm oil as “geotoxic and carcinogenic.”

This information is critical because palm oil is the most heavily utilized vegetable oils, and many people are unaware that palm oil is used in about half of all packaged foods, personal care products and cleaning products.

In 2013, producers used 58 million metric tons of palm oil, up from 50 million in 2010.

Palm oil is popular largely because oil palm is the most efficient industrial vegetable oil crop, making it the least expensive for corporations making consumer products.

In 2016, the EFSA conducted an assessment of three potential food contaminants: glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), and 2-monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD).

These substances are present in many different oils and fats, although, the highest levels of GE, 3-MCPD, and 2-MCPD are found in palm oil and palm fats. They form during food processing, particularly when refining oils at high temperatures.

Following their assessment, the EFSA released a statement:

“There is sufficient evidence that glycidol is genotoxic and carcinogenic, therefore the CONTAM Panel did not set a safe level for GE.” ~ Dr Helle Knutsen, Chair of EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM)

As a result of their research, the EFSA concluded that the GE component of palm oil raises a potential health concern, noting that younger age groups with average exposure to GE face the highest health risk, although, consumers of all ages with high consumption of GE are also at risk.

The Palm Oil Industry

Palm oil is used in many household products, including foods such as peanut butter, margarine and many processed foods.

It is also present in personal products such as shampoos and toothpaste, and over the last few decades, the markets for processed foods and low-cost personal care products grew considerably. As a result, so did the demand for cheap palm oil.

Producers turned to palm oil for a good reason. The oil palm is the most efficient vegetable oil crop in the world.

One hectare of land can yield about 3.7 tons of palm oil per year, compared to 0.48 tons of sunflower or 0.38 tons of soybean oil, making palm oil far cheaper than any other vegetable oil.

Sadly, the cost to producers does not take into account the environmental damage cased by oil palm cultivation, and as a result, corporate giants, such as Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive and many others, have played a key role in the environmental devastation taking place in Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as Latin America and Africa.

Oil palm production is responsible for massive deforestation, land use disputes with indigenous populations, and complete destruction of tropical ecosystems.

It is the principle reason for the endangerment of animals such as the pygmy elephant — the smallest elephant on Earth — the clouded leopard, and the long-nosed tapir. Oil palm production is also responsible for the disappearance of about half of the world’s population of wild orangutans.

The most influential companies which use palm oil have yet to make any significant attempt to correct the environmental devastation in Indonesia and worldwide resulting of their acquisition planting and cultivation of oil palms.

EFSA States More Research is Needed

On its own, the EFSA does not have the authority to enact food policy changes. Their research and assessments typically only influence the decisions of European food regulators.

Following EFSA’s announcement regarding potential risk of consuming palm oil, some store chains reacted by pulling certain products off the shelves. For example, Italy’s grocery chain, Coop, stopped selling store-brand products containing palm oil.

Of course, certain news media outlets were quick to embellish the story resulting in sensational headlines, for example, claims that Nutella may be linked to cancer.

The EFSA has stated that the level of risk associated with palm oil and the consumption of glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE) is still not completely clear, but in the words of EFSA’s CONTAM panel, they have made “several recommendations for further research to fill data gaps and improve the knowledge on the toxicity of these substances.”

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Fast food employees: 14 items they would NEVER eat

Fast food employees list the 14 items on the menu they would NEVER eat... and neither should you 'Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs,' said...

Soda addiction: bad for your teeth

Soda addiction as bad for your teeth as meth or crack Bad news, diet coke junkies: gulping down excessive amounts of soda is no longer...

How Turmeric Curcumin Kills Cancer Cells

Turmeric Curcumin Reprogramming Cancer Cell Death Description Turmeric is a spice grown in India and other tropical regions of Asia. It has a long history of...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Bombs Have Been Dropped in Nevada – U.S. is Responsible

Apparently, America is now using Nevada's land to test bombs. With each passing day, the U.S. continues to follow their own personal agenda. A report did reveal...

Oklahoma High Schooler’s Carbon Discovery Elicits Wonder From Experts

Taking teenage rebellion to a new level, Oklahoma high school senior George Wang stunned teachers and fellow students when in April he co-authored a...

Fast food employees: 14 items they would NEVER eat

Fast food employees list the 14 items on the menu they would NEVER eat... and neither should you 'Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs,' said...

How to Detect Fake Honey (It’s Everywhere), Use THIS Simple Trick

Do not make the mistake of buying the cheapest honey in supermarket just to save a dollar. The universal truth holds true in this case...

Read This Before You Order That Next McDonalds

McDonalds is not a firm known for exhibiting a duty of care to its staff, its patrons or the communities in which it operates. ...

What Aloe Vera Does In Your Body: Why Egyptians Called It The Plant Of Immortality

Known to the Egyptians as the plant of immortality and to Native Americans as the wand of heaven, aloe vera comes with a wide array of...

Watch: Cop Accidentally Films Himself Planting Drugs to Frame Someone

Charges against a Maryland man who has been sitting in jail since January have been dropped after video surfaced of a cop falsifying evidence in...

Entrepreneur Puts Prisons to Shame, Turns Ex-Cons into Bee-Keepers – Keeping them Out of Jail

A Chicago woman has built a business out of not only helping the environment, but helping to create a bright and positive future for...

The Agenda Behind ISIS – Cultural Genocide

In what UNESCO is calling ‘Cultural Cleansing’, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have begun destroying 2000-year-old Syrian statues in the ancient...

Russian researcher invents new solar battery, gets 3yr suspended sentence

Dmitry Lopatin, a 26-year-old scientist who invented a cheap new kind of solar battery, has come across an unexpected obstacle. He was slapped with...