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October 17, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Fabric and home care industry leaders to meet in Singapore
    Leaders of the global fabric and home care industry will meet in Singapore this month for the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, organized by AOCS. Over two days, attendees will go to sessions that address shifts in markets, the role of sustainability and other aspects of the detergent industry's progress, trends and future. HAPPI magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN evaluates global crop harvests, predicts 2.6% grain decrease
    The UN predicts a 2.6% drop in global cereal production this year, with a 5.2% decrease in wheat output -- heavily influenced by the U.S. drought -- and a 2.3% decrease in other grains. "The decrease will result in a significant reduction in world inventories by the close of seasons in 2013," said a UN Food and Agriculture representative. Canada has a strong wheat crop, but its canola output is below expectations and the previous year's harvest. The Guardian (London) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. voters to decide on genetically modified food legislation
    California residents will vote in November on Proposition 37, which would require food that is genetically modified to include the information on packaging labels. Those who support the legislation say it will help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing foods, while those who oppose it say it puts up to 80% of food products at risk for private lawsuits. Nutritional Outlook online (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food, Nutrition & Health 
  • RSPO official: Certified sustainable palm oil is the way to go
    Many manufacturers are moving away from palm oil because it has led to deforestation in parts of Asia, but certified sustainable palm oil offers advantages for manufacturing without production-based harm to the planet, said Darrel Webber, secretary general of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. He added that increased use of CSPO would help protect the environment and the communities that produce it. "Agriculture has a huge footprint in general. ... Instead of veering away from one particular oil, why don't we talk about how we can produce oil sustainably?" he said. FoodNavigator (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science, Trends & Technology 
  • Study finds soybean gene to combat $1 billion soy pest
    Scientists have located a soybean gene that could offer some protection against the cyst nematode, a microscopic pest whose consumption of roots annually leads to more than $1 billion in damage. According to a study in the journal Nature, the gene produces an enzyme that counteracts the bug. The study "is the first to identify the gene and its mechanism for creating resistance," writes Jack Kaskey. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the inform News Desk 
  • Free articles from inform magazine
    This month's free articles from inform, the AOCS member magazine, cover mass spectrometric analysis of oils and fats in the field as well as recent activity by Europe's food safety watchdog, the European Food Safety Authority. In the first article, learn how the combination of ambient ionization with portable mass spectroscopy can speed chemical analysis by streamlining sample preparation and throughput requirements. The second article, from our Health & Nutrition News department, discusses EFSA's establishment of an upper intake level for docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid and reviews the agency's work on health claims. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 cheers for standards!
    Let's raise a virtual glass to the many intrepid souls -- including the nine cottonseed oil analysts who founded AOCS in 1909 -- who have made the world a more efficient place by developing standards and methods. AOCS, at the bidding of its members, works to develop methods needed for the smooth trade of oils and fats, such as the first direct method for the detection of glycidyl esters in edible oils, developed together with the Japan Oil Chemists' Society. Our Technical Services team also coordinates a number of International Organization for Standardization committees (for more, see the AOCS website) and participates in many other harmonization efforts. Cheers to them and to all involved as we mark World Standards Day, which was celebrated on Oct. 14 this year. Interested in being a part of standards development? E-mail Kimmy Farris. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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