European court rules against use of dairy names for plant-based products | Scientist casts doubt on IARC's carcinogenic glyphosate conclusions | DOJ approves Dow, DuPont merger with food-packaging chemical sell-off
June 21, 2017
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European court rules against use of dairy names for plant-based products
Plant-based products cannot use dairy names such as milk, butter, cheese or yogurt, according to a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ruling results from a case against German producer TofuTown, which claims that consumers are not confused by its use of such terms for its plant-based products.
DairyReporter (France) (6/15) 
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Scientist casts doubt on IARC's carcinogenic glyphosate conclusions
In a recent deposition, epidemiologist Aaron Blair, who works for the US National Cancer Institute, said he did not discuss unpublished scientific findings showing no link between glyphosate and cancer with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, because the IARC has a policy against including unpublished data in its analyses. The IARC says it does not intend to reconsider its assessment.
Reuters (6/14) 
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Heart group emphasizes need to reduce saturated fat intake
An American Heart Association advisory published in the journal Circulation said a review of study data strongly indicates that lowering saturated fat consumption and replacing it with unsaturated fats will reduce cardiovascular disease. The advisory noted some studies have disagreed about the adverse cardiovascular effects of saturated fat, and the issue has been hotly debated, so lead author Dr. Frank Sacks said the AHA wanted to clarify that research "overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels."
MedPage Today (free registration) (6/15),  Medscape (free registration) (6/15) 
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Higher mid-pregnancy omega-3 to omega-6 ratio may boost fetal growth
Higher omega-3 to omega-6 ratios during mid-pregnancy may lead to faster fetal growth, higher infant birth weight and a longer pregnancy, according to a study in the journal Clinical Nutrition. The study included data on almost 7,000 pregnant women and infants.
NutraIngredients (6/12) 
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Science, Trends & Technology
GAPP gives $2M to ag tech company, university to boost canola yield
Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program has awarded a $2 million grant to the agricultural technology company Benson Hill Biosystems, in partnership with the University of Guelph, to develop new technology to boost oilseed canola yield. The research will tap the company's work on advancing photosynthesis in crop plants and its "cloud biology" system of large-scale data analytics and gene evaluation.
FeedNavigator (6/14) 
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China OKs new GMO crops from Dow, Monsanto
China has approved imports of Dow Chemical's genetically modified Enlist corn and Monsanto's Vistive Gold soybeans. Dow's corn will also be available in the US and Canada in 2018.
Reuters (6/14),  St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6/14) 
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JSD Paper of the Month: Optimized microemulsions for cold-water detergency
"Removal of triglyceride-based soils from fabric is one of the difficult challenges in home laundry," says George Smith, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. "The challenge is even more difficult at low wash temperatures, where the triglycerides exist as solid or semi-solid particulates." In Smith's selection for the JSD paper of the month, Chodchanok Attaphong from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, in Bangkok, Thailand, and colleagues show for the first time that extended chain surfactants in combination with naturally occurring water hardness can form Winsor III microemulsions that are capable of providing enhanced cleaning performance of oily soils at 10˚C, under realistic surfactant concentrations found in commercial washing products. The article will be available for free download through August 19.
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Handbook of advanced analytical techniques available
A new Academic Press and AOCS Press book is now available for sale--Handbook of Advanced Chromatography /Mass Spectrometry Techniques. This title is a compendium of new and advanced analytical techniques that have been developed in recent years for analysis of all types of molecules in a variety of complex matrices, from foods to fuel to pharmaceuticals and more. Focusing on areas that are becoming widely used or growing rapidly, this is a comprehensive volume that describes both theoretical and practical aspects of advanced methods for analysis. Learn more and order your copy today.
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