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Palm oil producers: EU contaminant limits a trade barrier

Palm oil producing countries are complaining that new European limits for contaminants in refined oils are really an indirect trade barrier aimed specifically at their product. The EU has set a limit for glycidyl esters and will soon restrict 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD), contaminants that can form during the refining process that the EU says may affect kidney function and male fertility.

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