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TTF warning: check your palm products

Published:  24 March, 2010

LONDON: The Timber Trade Federation has advised members to refer to palm products as 'palm composite board' over concerns that there is insufficient data available to demonstrate they will perform over the long term in the same way as traditional plywood.

Nick Boulton, head of technical and trade policy, at the TTF, said: "Until such time that panels containing material from the trunks of coconut palm or oil palm can demonstrate they meet the European Standards for the definition of 'plywood', the NPPD Committee of the Timber Trade Federation strongly advises its members that such panels be described in documents and clearly marked on all packing as 'palm composite board'. Furthermore any documentation and packing should make no reference to the term 'plywood'.

There is also a worry that the use of the term 'plywood', in association with such products, could potentially leave traders open to accusations of fraudulent description. The new advice on the labelling of palm products was issued at the National Panel Products Division meeting last month.

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