IOC: Olive oil production, use expected to fall worldwide | Import quality among key U.S. olive oil issues | Indonesia likely to post 5-month low of palm exports this month
December 12, 2012
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IOC: Olive oil production, use expected to fall worldwide
The International Olive Council predicts declines in worldwide olive oil production and consumption during the 2012-13 season. While consumption is not expected to meet prior-year levels, it is still expected to exceed output. Olive Oil Times (12/6)
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Import quality among key U.S. olive oil issues
While U.S.-made oil accounts for only 2% of domestic olive oil sales, domestic production is expanding. These producers say that some foreign companies are mislabeling oil as extra virgin. The U.S. Farm Bill and federal marketing rules are two other areas of importance to the domestic industry. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/6), Olive Oil Times (12/3)
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Food, Nutrition & Health
FDA continues to delay decision on genetically altered fish
Aquabounty has waited years for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell its genetically modified salmon, which could have a chilling effect on other companies considering biotechnology investments, experts say. The company, which adds a Chinook salmon growth hormone to Atlantic salmon to speed their growth, has almost run out of money waiting for approval. "The story of Aquabounty is disappointing because everyone was hoping the company would be a clear signal that genetic modification in animals is now acceptable in the U.S.," said Helen Sang, a University of Edinburgh geneticist. Associated Press (12/4)
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Coconut oil shows potential in fight against tooth decay
Coconut oil is effective against common bacterial causes of tooth decay, according to research conducted at Ireland's Athlone Institute of Technology. Coconut oil treated with enzymes that mimic the digestion process was particularly effective against Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium, as well as yeast. The oil has potential as a component of oral care products, the researchers said. Health Me Up (India) (12/9)
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Science, Trends & Technology
University of Texas withdraws fracking study
The University of Texas has withdrawn a study of hydraulic fracturing after an outside panel determined its chief investigator failed to disclose a conflict of interest. The study's investigator served on the board of Plains Exploration & Production, from which he received stock and an annual fee. The study determined there is no evidence that groundwater is contaminated as a result of hydraulic fracturing. Bloomberg (12/6)
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Bayer, Syngenta seek Canadian approval for biotech soybean
Bayer CropSciences and Syngenta Canada filed an application with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada seeking approval for SYHT0H2, their herbicide-resistant biotech soybean. The partners are asking approval to market the soybean for food, commercial planting and animal feed. Food Business Review (12/6)
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The perfect holiday gift
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Endocrine disrupters examined
The endocrine system consists of glands and organs that produce hormones to regulate the human body and its functions. Substances that interact directly or indirectly with the body's endocrine system are called endocrine-active (or endocrine-disrupting) substances. Such "endocrine activity" is one of several effects that scientists consider when they assess possible risks to consumers from chemicals in food. A toxicologist from the European Food Safety Authority explains the assessment process in a new video.
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