Prof Nuri Andarwulan: New Standards are Needed for CPO as Raw Material for Edible Oil

Professor of IPB University, Prof Nuri Andarwulan, said that there was a need for new standards for the downstream of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) products as raw material for edible oil.

She added that it was important to improve the quality of Indonesian CPO. The quality of CPO obtained affects the quality and food safety of Refined Bleached Deodorized Palm Oil (RBDPO) products.

"Developed countries carry out a re-purification process for palm RBDPO products from Indonesia that have been exported. This process is carried out so that the quality of RBDPO meets the requirements for their food products," said this Senior Researcher of Southeast Asian Food & Agricultural Science and Technology (SEAFAST) Center, Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University.
According to her, if Indonesia can produce CPO with good quality, the RBDPO produced is also of premium quality, so palm importing countries do not need to re-purify. Indonesia may also be able to process its own and produce further downstream products of RBDPO and those exported products.

Regarding the quality of Indonesian CPO, he added that based on data from 34 Palm Oil Mills in Indonesia, the sample that met the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) reached 75.8 percent.
"However, if you look at the other parameters that exist in international standards (Codex) and other State Standards, there is not a single product from PKS Indonesia that meets the requirements. This is a challenge for us to improve the quality of Indonesian CPO," said Prof Nuri.

For this reason, based on data and literature, Prof Nuri suggested that CPO standards for food raw materials should be separated. This is not yet available in Indonesia.

"This is a joint work between the government as a regulator and palm oil stakeholders.

Guidelines for good processing methods are needed for CPO as raw material for edible oil to produce quality CPO. Indonesia does not yet have guidelines for industry, each has its own SOP. The state makes no SOP for CPO as raw material for edible oil," she said.

She added that to get quality CPO into premium RPDPO, investment is needed. The government needs to provide incentives.

"This investment is in an effort to improve the quality of the PKS so that the CPO produced can meet the quality standards of edible oil raw materials. This is a collaboration that must be well established in working on quality standards, together with stakeholders," she said. (Dh/Zul)

Published Date : 23-Nov-2021

Resource Person : Prof Nuri Andarwulan

Keyword : CPO, palm oil, IPB lecturer