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April 25, 2012
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AOCS, Cargill combine to refine standards for food-oil quality
The American Oil Chemists' Society and Cargill have worked together to improve the methods used for verifying oil quality in foods. "These new official methods for total fat and fatty acids in foods are a significant industry achievement in that they will enable faster formulation or reformulation of consumer products, especially as the industry looks to respond to demands from consumers for reduced fat food options," said AOCS Technical Director Richard Cantrill. NutraIngredients (4/23)
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Sustainable palm oil capacity is increasing quickly, RSPO says
The market is accepting sustainable palm oil at a significant pace, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Secretary General Darrel Webber says. Since the program began issuing certifications in 2008, certified palm oil production has reached 6 million metric tons a year. Eleven palm oil mills were certified during this year's January-to-March period. Star Publications (Malaysia) (4/21)
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Food, Nutrition & Health
Company patents process to extract seed protein isolates
Burcon NutraScience has patented processes to produce canola and mustard seed protein isolates. One canola protein, Supertein, is rich in sulfur-containing amino acids and could prove useful in deserts and beverages. Nutratein, another canola protein, contains napin and cruciferin. Food Product Design (4/23)
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Study: Omega-3s may not help multiple sclerosis
A study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids do not benefit patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The fatty acids were thought to be an anti-inflammatory and have neuro-protective benefits in the disease. The study appeared online in the Archives of Neurology. Harry Rice of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 said conclusions cannot be drawn from the study. "The reality is that results from an underpowered study cannot be interpreted with any certainty," he said. NutraIngredients (4/18), Medical News Today (4/18)
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Science, Trends & Technology
Metabolite database is unveiled to the public
Nutrition researchers studying metabolites to better understand human diet and disease now have another tool. The Serum Metabolome database contains the first public catalog of more than 4,000 metabolites in human blood. Twenty-four researchers in Canada and the U.S. combined their work. The teams used analytical techniques to examine blood samples in healthy adults and those with cardiovascular disease. Agricultural Research Service (USDA) (4/2012)
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Follow AOCS meeting news on Twitter
Whether you are attending the 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo or not, follow what is happening on Twitter by using the hashtag #AOCS2012. And if you are at the meeting (from April 29 to May 2 in Long Beach, California, USA), then we invite you to be a roving inform reporter. Post your updates using the same hashtag.
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Quick tips for lessening your laundry footprint
We celebrated Earth Day this past Sunday, but it is never too late to lessen your environmental footprint. The American Cleaning Institute (a trade association based in Washington, D.C., USA) has published tips for making every day an Earth Day in the laundry room.
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-- D.H. Lawrence,
British novelist
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