Study: One-third of fish samples mislabeled | DSM raises price on fish-sourced omega-3 | NAOOA files suit over alleged misbranding of olive oil
February 27, 2013
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Study: One-third of fish samples mislabeled
A third of fish samples collected from 674 retail establishments in 21 states were determined to be mislabeled relative to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, Oceana reports. "With lagging federal oversight and minimal government inspection despite rising fish imports, and without sampling along the supply chain, it is difficult to determine if fraud is occurring at the boat, during processing, at the wholesale level, at the retail counter or somewhere else along the way," according to the organization. National Geographic News (free registration) (2/21), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Corruption Currents blog (2/21)
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DSM raises price on fish-sourced omega-3
DSM, the world's leading supplier of fish oil, is raising prices for its fish-sourced omega-3 by 15%, citing the cost of crude fish oil. NutraIngredients (2/22)
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NAOOA files suit over alleged misbranding of olive oil
The North American Olive Oil Association filed suit Feb. 6 against The Gourmet Factory, charging it with "deceptive misbranding" of its Capatriti brand of 100% olive oil, which the NAOOA says is low-grade pomace oil. The suit is the first time the NAOOA has sued an olive oil manufacturer. Olive Oil Times (2/7)
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Study: Mediterranean-style diet reduces cardiovascular risks
A Mediterranean-style diet may prevent about 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients, according to a study published on the website of The New England Journal of Medicine. University of Vermont nutrition professor Rachel Johnson called the study from the University of Barcelona "really impressive" because it used meaningful end points rather than just risk factors such as cholesterol, hypertension or weight. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (2/25)
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Science, Trends & Technology
Biotechnology crops continue growth with 6% gain in 2012
The number of farms worldwide planting biotech crops increased by 6% in 2012, to 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries. For the first time, developing countries outpaced developed countries in planting biotech crops, said Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. BusinessMirror (Philippines) (2/23)
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Study: Diet rich in omega-3 could cut breast tumor growth by 30%
Long-term intake of omega-3 fatty acids has been conclusively linked to a reduced risk of cancer, according to scientists from the University of Guelph in Ontario. "The fact that a food nutrient can have a significant effect on tumour development and growth is remarkable and has considerable implications in breast cancer prevention," said researcher David Ma. The Scotsman (Edinburgh) (2/22)
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March issue of JAOCS is online now
The March issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society is now available on SpringerLink. This month’s topics are as wide-ranging as always, including a discussion of how to optimize enzymatic interesterification of soybean oil to produce plastic fats and the synthesis of alkyloxy propanol amine-based cationic ether lipids.
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