Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW Olive Oil Book : A Reference for Olive Oil Professionals and Enthusiasts (+ Recipes)

Choosing or selecting an olive oil for cooking your holiday meal can confound both professionals and home cooks. Olive Oil: A Field Guide provides clear guidelines to help choose and buy the best olive oil. 

If you plan on cooking a Turkey with olive oil this holiday season we have found a few recipes that should guarantee a healthy and flavorful meal.

Other holiday favorites can also be improved by using a quality olive oil. For mashed potatoes. try Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic. We all know olive oil can be great for roasting vegetables but don't forget dessert! According to the Olive Oil Times olive oil can improve the taste of baked goods as well.

“Most people don’t think about using olive oil in their sweet or savory baked goods,” Gunn explains.  “The flavor of a mild or light olive oil will not be detected and the fruitiness of it will complement the other flavors in baked sweets.  When making pumpkin bread, oatmeal cookies, cakes, or pie crust, substitute a mild olive oil for butter and use about 1/4 less than the amount of butter you would normally use.” [From "Pouring on the Olive Oil for Thanksgiving"]

I hope that the Olive Oil: A Field Guide can help you in selecting an authentic quality oil for healthy cooking.

And please share your favorite recipes with tips@aocs.org!

Plant Managers- NFPA 36: Standard for Solvent Extraction Plants Open for Comment!

What is NFPA 36?
This standard provides design, construction, and operational requirements to mitigate fire and explosion hazards in plants involved in the extraction processing of animal and vegetable oils and fats using Class I flammable hydrocarbon liquids.

What does NFPA 36 address?
Provisions cover general operational requirements; solvent unloading, storage and handling; preparation and meal finishing processes; extraction process; and extraction process equipment. Table of Contents


REMINDER: The Public Input closing date for Fall 2016 documents is January 5, 2015 for online submissions.  Please note that NFPA is only accepting online submissions for this revision cycle and moving forward.  Paper submissions will not be accepted for any NFPA standard starting with the Fall 2016 Revision Cycle, this includes emails and faxes.

SUBMIT YOUR PUBLIC INPUT ELECTRONICALLY!  The Fall 2016 documents are accepting Public Input electronically through the Electronic Submission (e-PI) System.  

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e-PI System and Instructions.  Submit Public Input by selecting your document from the list at  http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes, then Click on the “Next Edition” tab (see screenshot below).  You can submit input or just start and save your work in progress.  If you would like to review instructions on this process, please go to http://www.nfpa.org/submitpublicinput.  For your information, a list of the Fall 2016 Revision Cycle documents can be found at: http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-information-pages?cycle=Fall%202016

If you have any questions when you use the new system, you can contact Debbie Baio at (617) 984-7242 or by email.

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.

Find Out More

Interested in publishing your work or serving as a reviewer and/ or editor for AOCS Press? Please contact Janet Brown AOCS Director, Content Development (janet.brown@aocs.org).


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AOCS Newsletter Highlights November 2014

AOCS Press Sale Save 15% and get free shipping on these AOCS MONOGRAPH SERIES ON OILSEEDS titles with promo code OMS14. Offer expires December 31, 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.

Find Out More
Interested in publishing your work or serving as a reviewer and/ or editor for AOCS Press? Please contact Janet Brown AOCS Director, Content Development (janet.brown@aocs.org).

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 www.biodieselsustainability.com.