PRODUCT FACT SHEET WHY WE CHOOSE TO USE PALM OLEIN OIL
When it comes to making Australia’s premier range of organic and gluten free chips, we’re very particular about the ingredients we use. So it’s probably no surprise that choosing the right oil was extremely important to us. Naturally, the best oil for our needs had to be organic but, equally important, we wanted an oil that’s produced from crops grown using sustainable farming practices, as well as being eco-friendly. The oil we selected meets this rigorous criteria - it’s palm olein oil.
As with any of the ingredients used in the Thomas Chipman product range, it not only needs to be of the highest quality, it must also be organic. The palm olein oil we use is certified organic under one of the world’s strictest food regulatory programmes.
Organic food endorsed with the Australian Certified Organic “Bud” logo is your assurance the food has been handled with care, without use of synthetic chemicals or additives, from ‘paddock to plate’. It is safe food grown and handled under a traceable system.
AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC RSPO CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED NON HYDROGENATED EXPELLER PRESSED NO PRESERVATIVES OR ADDITIVES GMO FREE AND NUT FREE
Palm oil is one of the most used food ingredients in the world today. Aside from being the top selling vegetable oil, it’s now used in almost half of all packaged food products. Oil palm fruits are highly efficient, yearround producers of oil, so their cultivation requires far less land than that of any other oil-producing crop. For example, one hectare planted with oil palms can yield up to six tonnes of oil per year. That’s up to 10 times more oil per hectare than soybean, rapeseed or sunflower. This means to produce the same quantity of oil, oil palm requires less land area and less energy.
Whilst oil palm is a more sustainable source of vegetable oil than other oil crops, there is a concern that the increasing demand may lead to a rapid and ill-managed expansion which could have serious environmental and social consequences.
Expansion by indiscriminate deforestation would have a drastic effect on endangered animal species such as the orang-utan, rhinoceros, elephant and tiger. New plantations could give rise to social conflicts with local communities being displaced from their land without agreement or compensation. And the global drive to reduce the use of fossil fuels in favour of biofuels, may lead to competing uses of vegetable oil for both food and fuel. In turn, this would have the potential to drive up agricultural commodity prices and encourage farmers to replace low earning food crops with biofuel crops, which could eventually lead to higher food prices and food shortages for the poor.
The Rainforest Alliance certification is built on the three pillars of sustainability - environmental protection, social equity and economic viability and is designed to help farmers succeed in all three areas.
Based on the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standard, a comprehensive set of criteria developed by a coalition of locally based NGOs, the certification is coordinated by the Rainforest Alliance.
The Rainforest Alliance certification requires reforestation with native tree species, the conservation of forestland and a diversity of tree species on farms. It mandates strong protections for rainforests and other ecosystems.
The certification also places a strong emphasis on ensuring good conditions for workers - requiring the payment of benefits, good housing, safe conditions, proper training and so on.
Moreover, Rainforest Alliance certification auditors are not just consultants who run through a checklist; they comprise expert agronomists, social scientists, biologists, foresters and specialists in a host of areas, with lifetimes of pertinent experience to share.
All Thomas Chipman products only use Rainforest Alliance Certified Palm Olein Oil.
# The oil we use is commonly known as palm olein oil which means it is derived from the fleshy part of the fruit, not the kernel, so by comparison it is much lower in saturated fats.
# Our oil is also expeller pressed which simply means the oil has been squeezed by an expeller machine until all the oil has been pressed from the fruit. No chemicals, no additives and preservatives, just 100% pure oil.
# Naturally semi-solid at room temperature, palm oil does not require hydrogenation, a process that utilises the addition of hydrogen and increases the level of saturated fats.
# Palm oil contains no trans fatty acids
# Palm oil is rich in antioxidants.
# Palm fruit oil increases ‘good’ HDL, compared to other saturated oils, such as coconut oil.
If you would like to learn more about the merits of the palm oil we use and the different certifications, please visit the following websites for more detailed information: n www.bfa.com.au n www.rspo.org n www.rainforest-alliance.org
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