Monsanto and DSM team up to market SDA-rich soybean oil | U.S. FDA budget request seeks new industry user fees | USDA raises forecast for U.S. soybean exports
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April 17, 2013
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Monsanto and DSM team up to market SDA-rich soybean oil
Monsanto will partner with DSM to market its genetically engineered soybean oil rich in stearidonic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. The body converts SDA to the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid. Monsanto originally collaborated with Solae to develop the oil. FoodNavigator (4/8)
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U.S. FDA budget request seeks new industry user fees
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's budget proposal calls for new industry user fees to fund food safety programs, Julian Hattern writes. These fees would fund about 94% of an almost $500 million proposed budget increase. But the cost "is modest compared to the economic value it can deliver: reduced costs to industry, government, and the health care system due to less foodborne illness," the agency said. The Hill/RegWatch blog (4/10), MedCityNews.com/Reuters (4/10)
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USDA raises forecast for U.S. soybean exports
U.S. exports of soybeans and crushings are expected to be 0.8% more than the amount predicted one month ago, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brazil is projected to pass the U.S. as the top producer for the first time. Bloomberg (4/10)
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Experts say moderate soy consumption doesn't raise cancer risk
Moderate consumption of soy foods doesn't increase the risk of recurrence of breast cancer or of dying from the disease, according to several recent studies. ?Some people had feared that soy?s isoflavones might interfere with a hormone-related treatment, such as tamoxifen, but no evidence of that was seen," said Karen Collins, a nutrition adviser with the American Institute for Cancer Research. Dieticians recommend less-processed soy products, such as edamame and tofu. Today's Dietitian (4/2013)
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Juice infusion slashes the fat in chocolate
Scientists from the University of Warwick have lowered the fat content of chocolate by up to 50% by infusing it with fruit juice. The technique doesn't change the consistency of the chocolate, but it slightly changes the flavor. Other liquids such as diet soda or alcohol may eventually be substituted for the juice, according to the scientists. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (4/8)
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Science, Trends & Technology
New microalgae process produces tailored oils
A process that grows microalgae in darkness -- with energy supplied by plant-based sugars rather than sunlight -- produces oil at commercial scale. Solazyme says that its technique produces 80% oil from each cell and that the oils can be tailored for multiple uses, ranging from cosmetics to energy. CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com (4/9)
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