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October 24, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • BASF wants a share of pharma omega-3 market
    BASF is building a facility in Scotland for producing an omega-3 active pharmaceutical ingredient. "It is a world class manufacturing facility ... that we plan to have up and running and supplying product to our customers very early next year," said spokesman Ralf Fink. The facility will be able to produce multiple omega-3 grades, Fink added. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Export tax for Indonesian palm oil could be slashed
    October's drop in palm oil benchmark prices could lead Indonesia, the world's biggest producer, to bump its crude palm oil export tax from 13.5% to 10.5%, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association said Tuesday. Separately, an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which refused to classify palm-oil diesel as a renewable fuel, will visit Indonesia next week to discuss the country's environmental regulations for palm-oil producers. Yahoo/Reuters (10/23), Bloomberg (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Household-product providers look for quick, effective tests
    To bring products to the market quicker and meet quality standards, household-products firms are looking to testing companies to validate product claims. Testing outfits also are evaluating products for specific markets, as is the case for marketing items in Asia. "Whether it is a current customer or prospective customer, all are under intense pressure to release products faster," said Christine Kreitzer, director of home and beauty at Celsis. HAPPI magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food, Nutrition & Health 
  • The role of phospholipids in functional foods (and labels)
    Manufacturers and retailers are responding to consumer demand for food products containing active ingredients such as omega-3, but many don't know that research indicates that the presence of phospholipids can help the body better process those active ingredients, writes Dianne Bukowski of American Lecithin Co. Phospholipids, which are commercially derived from substances such as soybean or sunflower seed, help hold compounds together and aid in basic cell function. "[C]onsider listing lecithins from soy, canola, sunflower or egg among ingredients, or content enriched with PC, PS or GPC. Buyers increasingly associate these with good health," she writes. Food Product Design (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science, Trends & Technology 
  • Methodology could play a role in opposing reports on organic produce
    The differing conclusions of two recent meta-analyses -- one from Stanford University and the other from Newcastle University -- comparing organic and traditional produce might have been influenced by differences in scientific methodology. "I can see both approaches being justifiable in different contexts, and personally I don't know which decision I would have made if I had been facing that," said U.S.-based ecology professor Craig Osenberg, who was not part of either research project. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Cholesterol levels have dropped among U.S. adults
    The average levels of total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein dropped among U.S. adults between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, while high-density lipoprotein levels rose slightly, CDC researchers found. They said that the improvements can be attributed in part to improvements in diet, including a reduction of trans fat intake. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the inform News Desk 
  • Introducing the hexaflexagon
    For something completely different, check out this video by fast-talking YouTube mathematics maven Vi Hart. In a scant four minutes, she presents the fascinating hexaflexagon. Flexagons were discovered in the 1930s, according to, which presents "entertainment, science, and futuristic culture for people who want to escape the everyday." If you thought Moebius strips were cool, wait until you see the folding, pinching and rotating that goes into creating a hexaflexagon. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For AOCS members
    The October issue of inform magazine is online. And talk about a diverse range of topics! Find out about optimal frying, efficient recovery of tocopherols from veg oils, improving sustainability in oils processing by fatty acid recovery, and more. To access the digital edition of inform, simply log in for access and then click on the "read inform" link under the Member Benefits heading on the right of the landing page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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