THE Division of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) opposed a provision of a Senate invoice geared toward eliminating trans fatty acids (TFA) available in the market as it could damage the nation’s prized coconut oil (CNO).
DA and PCA officers in addition to coconut business specialists expressed apprehensions over a sure provision of Senate Payments 1916 and 1954 which they identified might discourage consumption of CNO.
The 2 Senate payments search to “shield Filipinos from the dangerous results of trans fatty acid and for different functions.”
The proposed laws goals to ban the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), and oils and fat with excessive TFA content material, which enhance the danger of demise from any trigger, significantly coronary coronary heart ailments.
SB 1916 was filed by Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay whereas SB 1954 was filed by Senator Francis N. Pangilinan.
The involved authorities officers and stakeholders, in opposing the invoice, zeroed in on the invoice’s definition of “wholesome various oils, fat and oilseeds.”
The 2 payments outline the wholesome alternate options to TFAs as “oil, fat and oilseeds wealthy in polyunsaturated fatty-acids or monounsaturated fatty-acids and with low ranges of saturated fatty-acids. (SFA).”
The definition didn’t make any direct point out of CNO however PCA Administrator Benjamin Madrigal, Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn G. Laviña and Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit identified that it subtly impacts CNO, which is excessive in SFA.
“We prefer to manifest our critical concern as there appears to be an inaccurate enumeration of wholesome various oils when the payments state that the identical consists of these with low ranges of saturated fatty acids,” Madrigal stated.
Madrigal stated their company recommends that lawmakers “take away the phrase ‘with low ranges of saturated fatty acids’ because the presence of saturated fatty acids don’t equate to presence of TFA since these are two distinct forms of fatty acids.”
Madrigal defined that naturally occurring trans fat, resembling coconut oil, are “completely secure and wholesome for people, in distinction to industrially produced trans fat.”
Madrigal added that they’ve already made their manifestations earlier than the United Nations’ Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO) and Worldwide Coconut Group concerning their well being advisories that might be detrimental to CNO.
“We’ve positioned our issues for them to make sure to have a stability and evidence-based well being advisories and reporting to make sure the general public of wholesome alternate options, and for them to know the dangers in addition to advantages of consuming merchandise with recognized SFA,” he stated.
CNO is excessive in SFA, with 64 % of which being medium-chain triglyceride, a supply of vitality which has zero ldl cholesterol.
Madrigal stated research have proven that CNO has a variety of advantages resembling decreasing unhealthy ldl cholesterol within the physique, has anti-obesity properties, is an antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory and HIV-preventive options, amongst others.
Moreover, a joint medical research by the federal government has proven that virgin CNO can increase immune methods to fight the Covid-19.
Laviña bolstered Madrigal’s place on the difficulty and advisable that the definition of wholesome various within the proposed laws be modified to a definition that may assist promote using CNO.
Think about Legislation undertaking supervisor Maan Sto. Domingo defined that the definition of wholesome alternate options lodged within the two Senate payments was launched by the World Well being Group (WHO) as a part of its REPLACE motion package deal to eradicate industrially-produced TFAs.
Sto. Domingo proposed that the kind of wholesome various oil might be decided by the federal government afterward within the crafting of the implementing guidelines and rules (IRR) ought to the payments be handed right into a legislation.
However for Dayrit, the definition of wholesome alternate options as promulgated by the WHO is geared toward selling polyunsaturated fat and tailor-made fat, that are produced by western oil producers, resembling canola oil and corn oil.
“They’re actually concentrating on coco oil. What they’re selling [are] polyunsaturated fat and tailor-made fat that are artificial fat. The marketing campaign towards coconut oil has been a long-standing marketing campaign because the Eighties,” Dayrit stated.
Nonetheless, the PCA, the DA, Dayrit, Sto. Domingo and even DOH representatives supported the invoice’s intention to eradicate TFAs available in the market to curb the dangers they pose to human well being.
Representatives from the DOH and the Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitians Inc. threw their assist behind CNO as a substitute for TFAs given its numerous well being advantages.
Senate Committee on Commerce, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Chairman Sen. Koko Pimentel stated he’ll discuss to the 2 authors of the payments concerning the stakeholders’ strategies raised in the course of the listening to.
If the authors are amenable to the proposals, then the invoice will probably be amended and a technical working group will probably be shaped afterwards. But when the 2 authors wouldn’t agree
to the proposed adjustments then he’ll name for an additional committee listening to, Pimentel stated.
“Allow us to stay centered on the target of the legislation, which is the battle towards TFA. We have to eradicate any language within the legislation that can be utilized, or mandate or directive, in discouraging using CNO or every other oil. That’s not the aim of the legislation—to not promote an alternate oil—however to give attention to TFA and do away with this as soon as and for all,” Pimentel identified.
“The definition of wholesome alternate options isn’t important to the legislation. The main focus is the elimination of TFA in our meals provide and different merchandise,” Pimentel pressured.