ENFORCEMENT OF QUALITY CONTROL PRACTICES
Given the legislation and the tools to
implement them, it is therefore imperative for MPOB ensure that practices
towards producing good quality oil palm products are promoted and good
quality control activities are observed in all sectors of the industry. MPOB
enforces the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (Quality) Regulations 2005 that
provide for quality control practices of oil palm products in the
local trade and export:
- It prohibits the act of contamination of
any oil palm product with any undesirable matter or any foreign matter
detrimental to the quality of the oil palm product.
- In the case of export, the regulations
provide that all exporters must declare the contractual quality
specifications in the MPOB Q1 - form..
- From the monthly quality statement MPOB
(El) MF 4A
sent to MPOB , analysis is then made to identify mills that are
producing poor quality crude palm oil and palm kernels. Mills
identified of this nature is given reminders or warnings to enhance
their quality control process so that their products meet the stringent
standard as required by the trade.
- MPOB Authorised Officers will conduct
follow-up visits to the mills to check their quality records of
production and take samples of the crude palm oil and palm kernels for quality
verification as required under the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (Quality)
Mills that fail to take corrective actions and instead, continue to
produce crude palm oil and palm kernels that do not conform to stringent standard trade
specifications, enforcement actions will be taken stern action against
- MPOB Authorised Officers at the various
regional levels will also actively monitor the activity of sludge oil traders
to ensure that they do not indulge any of unhealthy practices of
adulterating palm oil with sludge oil or other foreign materials or
- Road blocks are regularly carried out by
MPOB to check on palm oil tankers. The inspection is to ensure that the hatch covers, outlet valves and the seals are
still in tact..
- The MPOB L3 as required under MPOB licensing regulations for such movements
will also be inspected.
- Regular surveillance is also conducted to
identify, locate and ambush illegal storage premises used for
unauthorized siphoning of palm oil from lorry tankers. Illegal storage
premises were raided and disabled.
OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
- MPOB's Authorised Officers regularly check
on surveyors to ensure that the records and documentation of survey
carried out are properly maintained and the reports issued fulfill the
contractual requirements of the buyers/sellers.
- The monthly statement MPOB (EL) UK4 will
be submitted to MPOB on the quality and quantity of palm oil products
surveyed is also
- MPOB's Authorised Officers at the various
port stations will also observe/check on the surveyors during their job, so as ensure that they strictly follow the requirements
stipulated by MPOB.
of Palm Oil Installations and its Facilities At The Ports
- Checking the condition of facilities and
the handling and storage activities. i.e. physical inspection of tanks
and tank coatings The heating coils, pipelines and pumps are checked so
that they are in proper working conditions and that they do not consist
of any material made of copper or copper alloy which is
detrimental to the quality of palm oil exported.
- Check the records of oil temperature in
the tanks so as to ensure that proper heating procedures are strictly
applied during and prior to discharge of the oil from the tanks.
- The checking of reports of analysis issued
for palm oil products.
- The monthly quality statement MPOB (EL)
submitted to MPOB is also verified for its accuracy.
- Collaborative test on methods of testing
has been organized jointly with MPOB and FOSFA with the purpose of
achieving consistency in the various test methods employed.
- Licensees found not practicing quality
practice in their activities or not conforming to the recommended
quality practices are advised to do so. Those found to have contravened
any conditions of the licensing regulation enforcement actions will be
taken against them.