The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s has issued new guidelines for omega-3 oxidation control. "Because oxidation can happen at any stage of handling an EPA/DHA-containing oil or finished product, these best-practice guidelines provide specific approaches on how to handle, store, and sample omega-3 products," GOED's Gerard Bannenberg said.
The Ultimate Fats and Oils Guide Edible fats and oils are an essential component of our food. This guide gives an overview and in-depth description of methods for quality control: dropping point, water content, moisture determination, DSC, Titration and UV/Vis spectroscopy, application samples and results, and tips & tricks to simplify measurements. Download Now
The European Food Safety Authority has approved 12 modified starches for use in sauce and pie fillings and has concluded that there is "no safety concern for the use of modified starches as food additives" and "no need for a numerical acceptable daily intake." While there was some concern about the absorption of modified starches, studies found amylose and amylopectin are naturally fermented by gut bacteria, producing short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed during digestion.
A study in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology found people with the highest blood serum levels of linoleic acid, found in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, had a 35% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels. Blood serum levels of arachidonic acid, also found in omega-6s, did not have an effect on diabetes risk.
Insects are becoming increasingly resistant to crops genetically modified to produce their own pesticide, a study published in Nature Biotechnology suggests. Researchers have found a possible mitigation strategy in planting non-GM refuges near GM crops to delay resistance.
Food microbiology laboratories should focus on developing strong proficiency testing plans to keep pace with ISO 17025 accreditation and regulatory compliance. Several factors should be considered when designing a PT plan, such as PT providers, frequency and rotational models.
Quality Reference Materials available to ensure accurate lab results
Obtaining known samples with reliable report results is key to training new people, calibrating equipment, testing new methods, and conducting a multitude of other lab testing activities. AOCS offers Quality Reference Samples with their respective reports for these and other uses. Learn more.
Available on demand: "What Does Early Career Success Look Like?"
Learn how to prepare for success, build your brand, and leverage soft skills with a free on-demand webinar organized by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group. In it, Steve Hill, former AOCS president and longtime AOCS member, shared insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve drew from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries, as well as his experiences as an AOCS volunteer leader.
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