AHA: Fish oil may only be useful for specific cardiovascular problems | Evonik to acquire alternative cosmetic preservative-maker | Packaging innovations help enhance laundry packet safety
March 22, 2017
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AHA: Fish oil may only be useful for specific cardiovascular problems
Omega-3 fish oil supplements are unlikely to prevent heart attacks, heart failure, stroke or early death in people who do not have cardiovascular disease, but they could help patients who have suffered a recent heart attack or heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Its report was published in the journal Circulation.
ConsumerReports.org (3/14),  CardiovascularBusiness.com (3/14),  CBS News (3/13) 
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Evonik to acquire alternative cosmetic preservative-maker
Evonik has announced a deal to acquire Dr. Straetmans GmbH by the end of June. The company specializes in alternatives to traditional cosmetic preservatives, including organic acids.
Chemical & Engineering News (3/14) 
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Study finds little connection between cheese consumption, cholesterol levels
High cheese consumption has no significant effect on LDL cholesterol levels despite the saturated fat, a new study shows. The researchers did find a connection between high cheese consumption and higher C-peptide levels, as well as a link association between whole milk and yogurt consumption and a favorable body phenotype.
FoodNavigator (3/17) 
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What role is vegetable oil playing in the obesity epidemic?
The low price and widespread availability of vegetable oil could be contributing to the obesity epidemic worldwide, says professor Tim Benton. Benton points to global trade agreements for the increase in palm oil and soybean oil entering the international market, but new research out of the London School of Economics blames changes in mobility for the global weight gain trend.
BBC (3/15) 
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Science, Trends & Technology
ECHA: "Glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen"
The European Chemicals Agency's Committee for Risk Assessment has unanimously concluded that "glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen," mutagen or reproductive toxin. The committee said it did not assess human exposure risk and only looked at whether glyphosate has the potency to be carcinogenic.
FoodNavigator (3/16) 
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New model is reducing chemical impact on the environment
Major chemical companies, including DuPont, Henkel and AkzoNobel, are embracing a pay-per-use model that incentivizes high-performing products while reducing chemical consumption by as much as 20%. As manufacturers adopt the new model, chemical companies can cut costs, reduce toxicity and meet customer demand for more sustainable products.
Circulate (3/6) 
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Read, share, and discuss seminal articles from JSD
Five seminal articles are now available for free download as part of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents 20th volume celebration. The articles chosen are either highly cited, highly downloaded, or of general significance for surfactants and detergents researchers. Topics include microemulsions, critical micelle concentrations of nonionic surfactants, and more. Check out these articles and the special anniversary page.
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Vegetable oil processing book now available
The second edition of a best-selling AOCS Press book is now available for purchase. Practical Guide to Vegetable Oil Processing, 2nd Edition, by Monoj Gupta includes an up-to-date summary of the basic principles of edible oil refining, processing, and deodorizing, serving as a hands-on training manual for chemists, engineers, and managers new to the industry. AOCS members receive a 30% discount and free shipping. Buy your copy today!
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