Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fibroblast growth factor-21 and the beneficial effects of n-3 fatty acids - FREE Lipids paper of the month!

The article of the month from Lipids is "Fibroblast growth factor-21 and the beneficial effects of n-3 fatty acids" by Joan Villarroya and colleagues in the Planavila Group at the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

"This work shows that although omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have an antidiabetic effect, this effect was not through the induction of antidiabetic fibroblast growth factor-21 gene expression," writes Eric J. Murphy, editor-in-chief of the journal. "Rather, dietary omega-3 fatty acids increase the short-term expression of target genes associated with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha."

The article is available for free download through Jan. 18, 2015.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AOCS Newsletter Highlights November 2014

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Award News
Since 1999, AOCS has selected members who have made outstanding contributions to the technological aspects of the profession and to the growth of the Society. This is a distinctive and prestigious honor that can only be earned through years (15 or more) of dedication and service. Nominations due December 1 - visit the website for more details.

For graduate students!
Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship is now open. The award is for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend and $5,000 for research funding. Application deadline is February 2, 2015. Visit the website for more details.

Inform Free Features

Proclamations about the dangers of trans fats are everywhere, it seems. Is it possible, though, that aldehydic lipid oxidation products (LOPs) in thermally stressed cooking oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids are a far greater danger to public health? Read about the detection, monitoring, and deleterious health effects of LOPs in this month's first free article from Inform, the AOCS member magazine.

Next, find out how AkzoNobel developed a surfactant-based cleaner that delivers a strong combination of heavy-duty grease removal and low streaking in the second free article from the November/December issue.

Looking for a Job?

AOCS Career Services regularly posts some of the best career opportunities in the industry.  Take a look below at several current listings, or get more information on the Career Center website.
Technical Services News
Recognized and Accredited Olive Oil Sensory Panels
AOCS would like to thank all of the panels that participated in the 2013-2014 Olive Oil Sensory Panel proficiency testing series. Several labs have been awarded for excellence in testing and achieved Recognized and Accredited Panel status in this series.

Reminder: the next enrollment deadline for the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is November 20. The LPP enrollment process has changed with the upgrade to our new website and store. If you are experiencing difficulty enrolling or would like help, please contact Dawn Shepard.

AOCS @ Work
AOCS CEO Pat Donnelly kicked off the Oils and Fats International Congress 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur by delivering the 15th Tan Sri Dato Seri B. Bek-Nielsen Foundation Lecture. Donnelly discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the global oils and fats industry. The Congress took place November 5-7 and was organized by Oils & Fats International and Malaysian Oil Scientists' and Technologists' Association, in collaboration with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board.

AOCS Governing Board
The AOCS Governing Board met on October 23, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. During the meeting, members reviewed the AOCS 2015 budget and operating plans. A major focus of the Governing Board will continue to center on performance improvement for specific products and services, identifying new opportunities, and expansion of services into new industry sectors. The Governing Board recognizes the need to develop new leadership for the Society and encourages all members interested in serving in a leadership position to complete the AOCS Prospective Leadership Questionnaire.

To learn more about AOCS leadership positions and other volunteer opportunities, please email Barb Semeraro, or call her at +1 217-693-4804.

AOCS has your topic covered!
Learn more about all of our upcoming meetings.

AOCS Meeting Updates

AM15_Logo_90106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases | May 3–6, 2015 | Orlando, Florida, USA
Submit your abstract! Present your research to an engaged audience of your peers! The meeting will feature invited/volunteer oral and poster presentations. Review interest areas, submission guidelines, evaluation criteria, and submit.

Organize a Hot Topics Symposium! The Hot Topics Symposia will feature global discussions on new technologies, innovative research, regulation updates, and other current critical issues. Review guidelines and submit your session proposal today.

February 2, 2015: Final abstracts due
March 6, 2015: Final proposals due

Interested in participating in the Industry Showcases or becoming a Sponsor? Contact Christina Waugh, +1 217-693-4901.

Upcoming Industry Meetings
IndustryEventBtn-eNews2nd World Congress of Clinical Lipidology | December 5-7, 2014 | Austria
The congress will provide state of the art educational lectures in the field of clinical lipidology, focusing on practical lipid management including difficult to treat hyperlipidemias, genetic dyslipidemias, screening, dietary and nutraceutical approaches and case studies. Major emphasis will be given to new therapeutics, diagnosis and management of high risk patients. 

The International Soaps Detergents & Cosmetics Conference will focus on the rapidly evolving industries in Asia. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for national and international players to share views and resources on sustainability, the dynamic marketplace, emerging technologies and innovations, and environmental and regulatory issues.

The Congress and Lectureship Series will be held in November 2015, under the slogan "Evolution, innovation and challenges towards a sustainable future." The event will provide a forum in which attendees can exchange information and bring themselves up to date on the development of products, technologies, research, and experiences that are occurring at a global level in the field of fats and oils. 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Detergents Ingredients Database (DID-list) Version 2014.1

The updated DID list 2014 (version 2014.1) has been published.

This new version is valid from October 2014 onwards and will be used for awarding EU Ecolabel products. The DID list covers environmental hazard data (biodegradation, acute and chronic toxicity) which are needed to calculate the so called critical dilution volume as one evaluation criteria for EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Identification of Aromatic Fatty Acids in Butter Fat - FREE JAOCS paper of the month!

October's pick for JAOCS paper of the month comes from Senior Associate Editor Andrew Proctor of the University of Arkansas.

"Researchers led by Markus Schroder of the University of Hohenheim in Germany demonstrated the presence of 12 aromatic fatty acids in bovine milk, which constituted 0.15 milligrams per gram of milk fat and a dietary intake of about 5 milligrams per day," said Proctor.

This was determined by converting the fatty acids to fatty acid methyl esters and separation by urea complexing prior to analysis by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and countercurrent chromatography. The aromatic acids, which were mostly saturated, ranged in size from 3-phenylproprionic acid to 13-phenyltridecanoic acid, with 10-phenyldecenoic acid being the only unsaturated species.

 "It was assumed that these aromatics were from rumen fermentation rather than feed," noted Proctor, "due to the scarcity of these compounds in the plant kingdom."

4-Phenylbutyric acid and 2-phenylacetic acid are reported to have antitumor properties, but it is not known whether such properties are specific to these compounds or common to all N-phenyl fatty acids.

The article is available for free download through Dec. 20, 2014.

Identification of Aromatic Fatty Acids in Butter Fat. Markus Schröder, Halima Abdurahman,Tanja Ruoff, Katja Lehnert, Walter Vetter. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. October 2014, Volume 91, Issue 10, pp 1695-1702.

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Students invited to learn beyond the classroom with a scholarship to the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

The Nov. 24 deadline is fast approaching for science students interested in applying to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 19 – 22 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the National Biodiesel Board, students are invited to apply for a travel scholarship as well as to present their research. This opportunity comes through the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, an NBB program that aims to educate and collaborate with young scientists.

At this premier biodiesel event, students can attend conference sessions and network with top scientists in the field. They may also apply to present a poster on their biodiesel-related research or outreach during a poster session. Some will be invited to present during a breakout session.

“This opportunity allowed me to make contacts with NGSB members and biodiesel professionals that I would never have made otherwise,” said Colin Stewart, a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder who attended the event in 2014. “The conference opened my eyes to the biodiesel industry, its future, and how I can play a role in it.”

Last year, 16 students from nine universities received scholarships to attend the conference. The scholarships are funded by state soybean organizations and the United Soybean Board through the soybean checkoff.

For more information on the NGSB scholarship program and to apply, visit

Designs on the Future, Now. What will Shape Laundry Care in 2030 and Beyond?

Ian Bell of Euromonitor International, Inc. presented "Designs on the Future, Now. What Will Define our Market in 2030 and Beyond?? " during the AOCS–hosted World Conference on Fabric and Home Care (held October 6-9, 2014, in Montreux, Switzerland).

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the conference, now is your chance to hear Ian Bell present "Designs on the Future, Now. What will Shape Laundry Care in 2030 and Beyond?" via a 40-minute webinar on Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 3:00 pm GMT.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • What changes are coming to the automated laundry process
  • Insight into consumer profiles in 2030 and beyond
  • How to use sustainability as a key force for development
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Designs on the Future, Now. What will Shape Laundry Care in 2030 and Beyond?
2030 is a fairly arbitrary date to set in the context of gazing into the future. Much can change, but it is still possible to predict, with at least some degree of confidence, what will be shaping the world of laundry care come 2030.

While consideration of a futuristic “Star Trek” outlook for laundry practice, in which machines self-regulate, self-dose and communicate with their load for optimal washing performance, has its merits, this future will likely affect very few of us. In this case, the future is already here right now, just not evenly distributed.

Sustainability is another obvious consideration for the 2030 world, but so much has been written and spoken about the subject that another rehash of the subject is likely to bring up little that is new or insightful.

What is more interesting and dynamic is to look at how laundry care has grown rapidly through its emphasis on financial inclusion, knowingly or otherwise. The global market for laundry care has doubled in size since 2000, driven by a growing consumer base now found in developing markets. Can the industry really rely on its low entry point (financially speaking) to continue to drive future growth?

Stretching this idea of “inclusion” in the context of consumers, Designs on the Future looks to qualify how future sociodemographic shifts, the background against which laundry care sits, will define industry development in the long term. What will the rapid ageing of the world’s population as well as the evolving position of women in society mean for laundry practice and brands themselves?

Looking at process, while automation of laundry care, which has typified market development so far, will no doubt continue, can we really rely on the “magic washing machine” to deliver results time and again? The standing of the washing machine is changing and its influence on global laundry practice will, somewhat surprisingly, slacken over time – ignore hand washers at your peril.

Looking at textiles, how will demand for apparel shape consumers’ approach to laundry care and which supply trends will be most influential by 2030, will a Fair Trade-style movement really affect the way that consumers view clothing and laundry care? Is the current disposable view of apparel here to stay or will the Fair Trade/ethical movement be able to re-establish consumers’ attachment to apparel as an investment and a long-term purchase?

These and other future trends to be discussed in a 40-minute webinar, 18 November 2014, 3pm GMT

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If you would like to learn more about the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care series, contact Mindy Cain, Meetings Specialist, by phone (+1 217-693-4827) or email ( Plans are already in place for the next conference in the series, which will take place in Singapore, October 5-7, 2016, and program topics will be announced in 2015.

Friday, October 31, 2014

RFA Corn Distillers Oil Quality Webinar and Methods

A webinar last week provided Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) members an opportunity to learn more about corn distillers oil (CDO) manufacturing opportunities and challenges, regulatory expectations, and quality considerations. The webinar slides will be made available on the “Members Only” section of the RFA website.

As a follow on, the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) has developed the “Analytical Guidelines for Assessing Corn Distillers Oil Quality” as a technical tool for identifying appropriate methods used in the testing of CDO and in identifying the importance of each parameter. AOCS also has gathered the pertinent analytical methods into a Method Collection. Further analytical information can be found on the AOCS website.

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