Malaysia’s pending approval on palm tocotrienol’s antioxidant claims could help consumers gain a better understanding of the locally grown crop’s health benefits.
Malaysia is one of the world’s largest palm oil producer, alongside Indonesia. Although there has been scientific evidence showing tocotrienol-rich palm oil’s health benefits, the knowledge is largely confined within some groups of the healthcare professionals and consumers using the product.
However, an upcoming regulatory change which allows products containing tocotrienol rich fraction (TRF) to make certain health claims could change the situation.
In June this year, the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Food Safety and Quality Division opened a public consultation on changes proposed to the Food Regulations 1985.