MPOB develops three palm-based technologies for commercialisation

The palm vitamin E / tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) chewable tablets developed by MPOB. Pic by MPOB.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has developed three advanced palm-based technologies for commercialisation.

In a statement on Friday, it said the first is the process and formulation of palm vitamin E/ tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) chewable tablet.

The second is palm oil-based polyol for floor coverings for indoor and outdoor and sports flooring markets while the third is a moisturising hand sanitiser with Vitamin E.

MPOB said the three are among the technologies approved by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities for commercialisation.

It said the process and formulation of palm vitamin E/ TRF chewable tablet is a healthy, nutritious, delicious and multi-flavoured chewable tablet with palm Vitamin E or TRF as the primary active ingredient.

TRF consists of 70% to 80% of potent tocotrienols and 20% to 30% percent of tocopherols which possesses myriad of health-enhancing benefits such as tackling vitamin E deficiency.

MPOB said vitamin E/ TRF is an antioxidant that slows the ageing process and protects against cell destruction through oxidation of valuable nutrients in the body provided by the food we eat.

TRF provides anti-ageing, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering and anti-diabetic properties, and many other health-enhancing benefits and is good for skin, eyes, hair and nails.

“Local manufacturers are encouraged to commercialise the TRF chewable tablet as it has great potential to be marketed as fortified or functional food or as a health supplement or nutraceutical product.

“This technology will encourage local manufacturers to use palm based oils and derivatives in the value-added food formulation that will widen application of palm-based oils and derivatives in the industry, ” it said.

As for the second product, MPOB said the floor coverings are for indoor and outdoor and sports flooring markets.

Polyurethane made from palm-oil based polyol is used to coat the underside of carpet to protect stitched artificial grass.

Polyurethane coating has a good compressive strength and also provides cushioning effect. Besides, polyurethane coating based on palm oil polyol serves as an environmentally friendly and durable product.

These products will increase and diversify the usage of palm oil in adhesives products. This technology is a value addition to palm products and offer renewable palm-based coating to various industries and consumers.

MPOB also announced the process and formulation of moisturising hand sanitiser with Vitamin E. This technology has diversified the application of palm oleochemicals and Vitamin E in cleansing products.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, hand sanitiser is highly sought to sanitise the hands and to prevent the infection of the virus.

Conventional hand sanitiser mainly comprises alcohol, which may dry up the skin upon frequent exposure and lead to damaging skin conditions.

With MPOB’s formulation, the hand sanitiser is enriched with glycerine and palm vitamin E.

Besides sanitising the hands, it also enhances the skin hydration and protects the skin against the damaging free radicals.

MPOB urged local manufacturers and SMEs to take the opportunity to commercialise these breakthrough palm-based technologies as they offer great potential to be marketed globally.

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