Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BREAKING NEWS -GOED Continues to Work on EU Fish Oil Import Issue

July 10: Yesterday, GOED was made aware of a 6 July 2018 letter and accompanying materials sent by Sociedad Nacional de Pesqueria (SNP) to SANIPES, the National Fisheries Health Organization of Peru. The letter refutes the assertions made in DG SANTE’s letter reported to the GOED membership on 4 July 2018 and clarifies what SNP considers to be a misunderstanding of the way the industry functions. The letter closes by SNP asking to accompany a delegation from the Peruvian government to a meeting with DG SANTE.

In addition to the above mentioned letter, GOED learned today that both the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are of the opinion that the EU Hygiene Regulations allow for the production of oil for human and non-human consumption on the same production line, provided production is separated by time and adequate cleaning procedures. Both agencies have requested a meeting with DG SANTE for further discussion. 

To date, DG SANTE has not responded to the 9 June 2018 letter from GOED, IFFO (the Marine Ingredients Organisation) and the Norwegian Seafood Federation (formerly known as FHL). This is the letter referred to in the 11 June 2018 GOED Current. GOED will continue to reach out to DG SANTE for a meeting and GOED encourages members who are affected by this situation to reach out to your government authorities to request clarification from DG Sante. GOED also reported on this issue in a Breaking News Alert on 22 May 2018.

Source: https://bit.ly/2JbHG1u 

Welcome to Dr. Suzanne Budge new associate editor for The Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS)!

Dr. Budge, of Dalhousie University, researches "within the broad field of marine lipids including the production and transfer of lipids through food webs, the use of stable carbon isotopic signatures of essential fatty acids as biomarkers, and the reaction kinetics of lipid oxidation in fish oils".

Find out more about JAOCS, browse or submit a manuscript at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15589331

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Oil-Dri Corporation of America Seeking Senior Research Scientist

AOCS GOLD Corporate Member, Oil-Dri Corporation of America, is hiring!

Position Summary
The successful candidate performs a variety of research and development activities in technical areas related to oleo-chemistry and clay and organic molecular interactions.  He or she will be involved with high level interfacing with sales, manufacturing and customers.


  • Minimum of M.S. degree (Ph.D. highly preferred) in organic oleo-chemical science applications.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in applied oleo-chemical science involving organic molecular interactions; including synthesis, reactions, and characterization of organic materials instrumentation (i.e., working knowledge of instrumentation by HPLC, GC, MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, FTIR spectroscopy are a plus).
  • Broad experience and knowledge in Oleo-chemical transformations and organic chemistry as it is applied to commercial industry. Well versed with synthesis and characterization of oleo/organic chemicals.
  • Hands-on experience on spectroscopic, chromatography and other analytical instruments.
  • Travel required < 20%.

Find out more and apply for the position: https://www.oildri.com/job/senior-research-scientist-2/

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting poster competition winners!

The poster competition took place at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The winners’ work displayed innovative research that set them apart from their peers.

Edible Applications Technology Division
First Place Student: Ruojie Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA
Second Place Student: Dianhui Wu, North Dakota State University, USA

Health and Nutrition Division
Best Overall: Ryota Hosomi, Kansai University, Japan
First Place Student: Fabien Schultz, Technical University of Berlin, Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Second Place Student: Adriana V. Gaitán, Louisiana State University, USA
Third Place Student: Zipei Zhang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division
First Place Student: Junsi Yang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Protein and Co-Products Division

First Place Student: Aya Hamada, Nihon University, Japan
Second Place Student: Temitola O. Awosika, University of Manitoba, Canada
Third Place Student: Adam J. Franczyk, University of Manitoba, Canada

Surfactants and Detergents Division
First Place Student: Tomone Sasayama, Tohoku University, Japan

Friday, June 1, 2018

JAOCS and Lipids Joint Virtual Issue: Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT)

JAOCS Editor-in-Chief Jim Kenar and Lipids Editor-in-Chief Eric Murphy have teamed up to compile a cross-disciplinary virtual issue featuring papers that focus on MCT-containing oils and their uses.

Visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/15589331/homepage/virtualissuemct to read these articles that discuss how MCT oils are used in food products  (JAOCS) and how MCT influence various metabolic pathways in mammals (Lipids).

These articles are open until July 31, 2018.

If you are an AOCS member, you have FREE online access as part of your membership. Simply log in to aocs.org, click on "My Account" and then under "Membership," click on the "AOCS Journal Subscription" link.

Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT) 

Triacylglycerols are the main constituents of vegetable oils and fats.  These molecules are esters that are formed between glycerol and three fatty acids.  The majority of vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, are composed of triacylglycerols that contain saturated long chain fatty acids (16-22 carbon atoms), monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.   However, some triacylglycerols are predominantly composed of saturated medium chain fatty acids (12-14 carbon atoms) and are designated medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT are abundant in palm kernel and coconut oils and, over the last few decades have become considered a source of healthy saturated oils as MCT are readily metabolized for quick energy and have interesting physiological functions.
This collection of papers from Lipids and the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS) are focused on MCT containing oils and there uses.  The papers highlighted within JAOCS demonstrate how MCT oils can be blended with other edible oils and modified for use in applications including edible films, confectionary products, margarines and spreads, or structured lipids for infant nutrition.  In contrast, the papers from Lipids demonstrate how MCT influence various metabolic pathways in mammals.  This ranges from the ability of saturated fatty acids to enhance n-3 fatty acid metabolism in animals fed a high fat diet to the role of palmitic acid on cardiomyocyte function.  The positive cardiovascular effect of MCT are detailed in a number of these papers and highlights emerging data demonstrating the mechanisms underlying the positive impact of MCT in human health.

JAOCS and Lipids Joint Virtual Issue: Medium Chain Triacylglycerols (MCT):