Monday, November 13, 2017

Safety of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids as a Food Additive in the EU

The EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) provides a scientific opinion re-evaluating the safety of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids (E 471) when used as a food additive. The Panel considered that it is very likely that hydrolysis of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids by lipases in the gastrointestinal tract would occur, resulting in the release of glycerol and fatty acids. Glycerol (E 422) and fatty acids (E 570) have been re-evaluated and the Panel concluded that there was no safety concern regarding their use as food additives. Toxicological studies with mono- and di-glycerides rich in unsaturated fatty acids were considered for the re-evaluation of E 471. No evidence for adverse effects was reported in short-term, subchronic studies, chronic, reproductive and developmental toxicity studies. Neither carcinogenic potential nor a promotion effect in initiation/promotion was reported. The available studies did not raise any concern with regard to genotoxicity. The refined estimates were based on 31 out of 84 food categories in which E 471 is authorised. The Panel noted that the contribution of E 471 represented at the mean only 0.8–3.5% of the recommended daily fat intake. Based on the approach described in the conceptual framework for the risk assessment of certain food additives re-evaluated under Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 and taking into account the considerations mentioned above, the Panel concluded that there was no need for a numerical acceptable daily intake (ADI) and that the food additive mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids (E 471) was of no safety concern at the reported uses and use levels. The Panel recommended some modifications of the EU specifications for E 471. 

Find Out More

The November 10, 2017 EFSA Scientific Opinion is posted at

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Additional information about the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) is available at http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/panels/ans.htm


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Annual Meeting registration is open!

 Join 1,400 professionals from over 40 countries at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6–9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA! Gain knowledge and learn best practices at a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, proteins and lipids.
The AOCS Annual Meeting is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to share ideas and knowledge while making new connections and having a lot of fun! Register today at the early-bird rate to save up to US $200.

Win a free hotel stay
Make your plans early to be entered into a drawing to win four FREE nights at your AOCS conference hotel — a savings of up to US $900! The winner will be announced in early February 2018 and any meeting attendee who registers between November 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018, will automatically be entered!

Call for papers
Share your work at the ultimate collaboration of industry, academia and government; submit your abstract(s) to present at the Annual Meeting. The priority consideration deadline is November 2, but abstracts will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis through January 8, 2018.

Funding available
Funding is available if you need assistance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting.





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You belong here: Join AOCS today

If you are passionate about fats, oils, lipids, or surfactants then you belong here! AOCS members lead the way in the research and development of innovative products and solutions that involve fats and oils. Our welcoming Society embraces new members and offers a supportive network enabling connections, collaborations, and discoveries.


Join today for 2018 and immediately become a member for the rest of 2017 free!

How will you advance with AOCS membership?
Whether you are a student, a new professional or in the middle of your career, you need the connections and resources to excel in the industry. AOCS membership gives you both and much more:
  • New in 2018! Members will have FREE online access to all AOCS journals. Read, download and cite information spotlighting research and reviews in current and archived issues of: Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS), Lipids and Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).
  • AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect. You will have access to exclusive member-only content including journal articles, book chapters and presentations from AOCS meetings.
  • Discounts on meeting registrations. AOCS members benefit from savings on registration rates at AOCS meetings. Meet with peers to exchange best practices and share your work.
  • Print and digital versions of INFORM magazine. This AOCS resource provides you with the latest updates in scientific advances, trends and topics.
  • Receive 30% savings on AOCS Press and Academic Press titles and Elsevier books covering a broad range of topics.
  • Save US $375 on the fully revised Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 7th Edition.

Take it from an AOCS member:
AOCS gives me the right balance of technical and commercial aspects. That is why I rank AOCS much higher than other organizations that I belong to.”
- Vishal Jain, Group Leader, Lipids, Mondelez International Member since 2004

Collaborate, discover and advance with AOCS membership.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

AOCS names Scott Bloomer as its new Director, Technical Services

Urbana, Ill. — Sept. 19, 2017 — The AOCS today announced that Scott Bloomer has been named its new Director, Technical Services, effective immediately. Bloomer’s knowledge of cutting-edge industry trends will help the AOCS continue to serve the evolving needs of the Society’s global scientific community.

Bloomer has over 20 years of experience in the fats and oils industry. Most recently, he was a principal scientist and senior patent agent at Archer Daniels Midland Company. In that role, he assessed the value of new process technology and product development and prosecuted patents in the areas of food oil, biodiesel and renewable chemicals from oils.

“Scott’s in-depth knowledge of the science and technology driving innovations in the fats and oils industry allows him to put his finger on the pulse of where the industry is going,” said Patrick Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the AOCS.

“His knowledge and many years of volunteer service with AOCS make him a unique and invaluable member of the AOCS team serving the Society,” Donnelly added.

As Director, Technical Services, Bloomer will lead AOCS technical products and services and represent the scientific interests of AOCS with key scientific and technical stakeholders in government, academia and industry.

“The breadth of fats and oils experience held by the members of the AOCS is surpassed only by the energy and enthusiasm they devote to the expansion of their knowledge. I am delighted to join the AOCS team and am looking forward to supporting the members in their advancement of the science and technology of fats and oils,” Bloomer said.

In addition to his work at ADM, Bloomer was a senior research scientist and corporate patent liaison at Land O’Lakes Inc. and senior research scientist in oilseed technology at Cargill. He holds a doctorate in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Lund, Sweden.


About AOCS

The AOCS advances the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. The Society provides technical services, including analytical testing methods, laboratory proficiency testing and reference materials, and administers the US position for several ISO technical committees and subcommittees. Discover the latest industry news by reading the Society’s magazine, INFORM, and following @aocs.

Media Contact: Dan Klen, Communication Specialist, +1 217-693-4829, dklen@aocs.org

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What does early career success look like? ... and what you should be doing now to prepare

In this free webinar, Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, will share insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve will draw from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries. He will also share insights gained as an AOCS volunteer leader.


Attendees will learn about three topics:

1. Preparing for success.
2. Building  your brand.
3. Learning and leveraging soft skills.


All AOCS members are encouraged to attend and invite a colleague to join along. This FREE webinar is made available by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.


About Steve Hill, Speaker
Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, recently was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, at T. Marzetti, a Lancaster Colony Company. T. Marzetti is a food company primarily known for its delicious salad dressing and dips, but it also has a large food service business as well as a full range of bakery products under the FlatOut, Angelic Bakehouse, New York Bakery, Sister Schubert, and Reames brands. Previously, Steve was with Kraft Foods and ran his own consulting company, The Hill Advantage LLC.


About the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group
The Young Professional CIG provides newcomers to the industry with the resources and connections they need to advance their careers. If you are a recent graduate stepping into a new career position, this CIG is designed to help you transition from student to professional.

Register


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submissions now open

Call for Papers

Submit your abstract(s) now to present at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6–9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA! Opportunities are available for both oral and poster presentations. For priority consideration, submit your abstract by November 2.





Submit a Hot Topic Proposal

Hot Topic Symposia will address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils and affect the future of our industries. Symposia are held on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 7:55–10 am and no competing Division programming is held at this time.Submit a session proposal that addresses new technology, innovative research, or regulatory updates, today! Hot Topic proposal reviews will begin November 1.
Elevate your visibility in the industry, build connections, and receive valuable input on your work.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids

It is not too late to make your plans. Onsite registration is available—and easy! You can even download and complete the registration form in advance.

Where else can you discover market trends, connect across key industry sectors, and network with a community of fats, lipids, and oils professionals that spans Latin America and the globe? Only at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11–14 in Cancun, Mexico.

http://lacongress.aocs.org/