About Food Safety

Making Consumer Health and Safety a Top Priority

Glycerol-based process contaminants, like 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) and Glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), are generated at different points in the palm oil production process. Less common contaminants such as mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH), may arise when grease and lubricant oils leak during oil handling and processing.

Noting consumer and industry concerns, ISF takes stringent measures to eliminate and exclude contaminants and conducts scheduled surveillance monitoring of pollutants in our crude oils and finished products.

Heading the Curve

A Pioneer in Manufacturing Safer Food on Commercial Scale

ISF’s research and development teams pioneered the commercial production of refined palm products with low 3-MCPD and GE levels since 2010 and are ahead of the curve in monitoring and mitigating these contaminants in palm oil production and supply.

We are already complying with new regulatory requirements, including contaminant thresholds for vegetable oils and fats established in the 2021 European Food Safety Association (EFSA) regulations as well as the new Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) regulations that will only come into effect on 1 January 2023.

Similarly, we have already adopted appropriate measures in our refined oils and products despite there being no current regulations on MOSH and MOAH thresholds.

Meet the Experts

Commentary on Upholding Food Safety and Quality Standards

Explore the videos below to listen to industry experts from within ISF as well as external experts on ISF’s commitments and efforts to deliver food that meets high-quality and safety standards.

Ms. Khoo Yoke Lian

Chief Marketing Officer


Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram

Former Chief Executive Officer

Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)

Hideaki Maki

Senior Manager

ISF Research & Development