Friday, March 30, 2012

News and Notes


Solazyme is also looking for a Director of Business Development in California. Job Posting.

Solazyme is looking for an Associate Director (in California) of Product Marketing - Fuels and Chemicals. Job Posting.

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The most popular article from last week's inform SmartBrief was "High-oleic oilseeds aim to take out the trans fat". Read this or better yet get SmartBrief.
FDA considers regulating some "cosmeceuticals" as drugs 
From the FDLI SmartBrief-- The FDA might begin regulating as drugs some cosmetics containing active ingredients such as retinol and peptides, according to the prepared testimony of Michael Landa, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, before a House subcommittee. Such products straddle the line between beauty products and drugs, which change the body's structure, Landa said. Cosmetic makers, meanwhile, said greater federal regulation would be preferable to differing state standards. Bloomberg Businessweek (03/27) Blog of Legal Times, The (03/27) . Read more.  

Odd Lipid out May Illuminate Evolution
Science Daily-- Spectroscopic evidence for the unusual handedness of a mammalian lipid may advance our understanding of evolution. Read the article.

Research and Markets: Oils And Fats In The United Kingdom
With the staying at home and cooking trend gaining increasing popularity, this had a positive impact on oils and fats, which was also reflected in health concerns ...Read the article.

New on

A section just for press has gone live on the Singapore 2012: World Conference on Fabric and Home Care website. Find press releases, logos and a media kit here.

Upcoming Events/ Early April 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

 01-03 80th Oil Mill Operators Short Course
Wichita, Kansas, USA

01-03 Resolving Inflammation: Mechanisms and Drug Discovery
Oxford, United Kingdom

01-06  Hands-On Workshop on Electron Beam and X-Ray Irradiation Technologies
College Station, Texas, USA

02-05 The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
Washington, D.C., USA

04 The Commercial Impacts of Biofuel Sustainability
London, United Kingdom

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Video Break -Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been featured in several news stories lately including a press release featuring AOCS member, editor and author Craig Byrdwell.

The videos below resulted from the Hot Topic Symposium, “Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects,” which took place during the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, May 1–4, 2011.

Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects 

Vitamin D: What future research is needed?  

Is vitamin D under-prescribed clinically? 

More from Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects
Recommendations to doctors: A balanced diet
Vitamin D and food labeling
Foods that can meet vitamin D needs
Effects of normalizing vitamin D levels

Video clips may also be viewed on the AOCS Multimedia page on the website or on the AOCS YouTube Channel.

More information on Vitamin D is available through the Vitamin D Council and on the AOCS Vitamin D Resource page. 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Health and Nutrition Division Newsletter Highlights

AOCS Health and Nutrition Division News

“Japanese Paradox: Longevity and Soybean.” presented by Ogawa Tadashi, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 1 6:30–9:30 p.m.--Reception and Dinner (held jointly with the Biotechnology Division; don’t forget to purchase your dinner tickets when you register for the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo).

The Health and Nutrition and Biotechnology Divisions have teamed up to welcome our dinner speaker, Ogawa Tadashi, Ph.D., who will present, “Japanese Paradox: Longevity and Soybean.”

Dr. Ogawa has more than 30 years of research and education experience.  As a professor and food scientist, he studied amino acids, peptides, and proteins at Tokushima University, School of Medicine and Kyoto University.

During his successful career, he contributed significantly to the fields of soybean allergy and allergen research.  He identified major allergens from soybeans and developed a new variety of soybean that is hypo-allergenic called “YUMEMINORI,” meaning “dreams come true.”

He has published numerous scientific articles, conference papers and has co-authored several books, such as “Soy in Health and Disease Prevention” and “Nutraceutical Proteins and Peptides in Health and Disease.”

As an Emeritus Professor, he is currently the head of the venture business, Research Institute for the Development of Hypoallergenic Foods.  He is an honorary member of Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science.

Meet a Member

Albert Lihong Zhou is a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Robert Ward’s lab in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences at Utah State University, where his research involves investigating linkages between food chemistry and nutrition.

Albert’s dissertation work involves using rodent models to study the effects of polar lipids in influencing intestinal barrier integrity, systemic inflammation, and lipid metabolism in obesity. Obesity is an increasing problem across the globe, and there appear to be dynamic interactions among dietary fat, gut health, and metabolic inflammation. Since the development of obesity is a long term process, it is important to monitor the dynamic changes at multiple time points in an attempt to disentangle the mechanisms driving this development.

In mice, Albert’s studies have been revealing important changes in gut permeability and interesting interactions between dietary lipids and gut permeability during development of obesity. His results show that milk polar lipids may have beneficial effects on lipid metabolism and gut permeability in context of obesity.  Albert also received the Best Poster Award at the 2011 AOCS Annual Meeting in Cincinnati.


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SALE ALERT- Healthful Lipids

AOCS Press is offering the book Healthful Lipids for $35 (normally $250) until April 13, 2012.

Get it here.

And, as a special blog-reader-bonus, you will also receive a FREE copy of our Focus on trans Fat CD-ROM with your purchase! (Add it to your cart and use coupon code trans100 when
checking out.)

Casimir Akoh discussing the book, Healthful Lipids at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Cincinnati, OH.

Analytical Division Newsletter Highlights

Analytical Division News

Message from the Chairperson [excerpt]
"I have always been inspired by the leaders and long time members of the Division and aspired to contribute to its success and build a team of leaders for future growth. I want to take the opportunity and highlight the significance of associating yourself with the Division and AOCS in general. It has helped me develop an excellent network of professionals as well as provided me with a leadership skills-building opportunity. I would encourage every member of the Division--and especially the new generation of scientists--to step forward and grab the opportunity.
This year we recognize Dr. Craig Byrdwell with the prestigious Herbert Dutton Award for his long time contribution to the field of oils and fats analysis with a special mention of the leadership and insight he has provided to spur the growth of the Division over the past several years. We also recognize Lisa Zhou and Alexia Agiomyrgianaki with the Analytical Division Student awards. Please join me in congratulating them on their well deserved recognition. I welcome you all to join us at the Analytical Division Dinner to recognize the award winners and network with other members." -Vishal Jain, Ph.D.

Upcoming Events

ISSF International Symposium
The ISSF 2012 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids will be held in San Francisco, California, May 13-16. The theme of this year's symposium is “The Versatility of Supercritical Fluid Technology.”

ISSF 2012 is a global conference that brings together an international group of researchers, practitioners, and industrialists who will contribute cutting-edge presentations on emerging applications and processes. The focus of this meeting is to highlight the discovery, development, and production aspects inherent with a wide range of technologies that utilize the unique capabilities of supercritical fluid solvents. This three-day symposium is structured with parallel sessions packed with plenary, keynote, and contributed talks as well as poster sessions.

For more information, please see the symposium website.


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AOCS Member News

Better Analysis Methods for Vitamin D ARS chemist Craig Byrdwell has developed a combination of testing methods that more precisely analyze food samples for vitamin D content. Read the article.

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Chemists' Meeting Was Members Only
Olive Oil Times- Last, IOC would be very interested to know about the ”range of sources” that spoke about a debate “to reduce, or even eliminate, the use of sensory panels in determining olive oil quality”. Read the article.

VEGOILS-Palm hits new one-year high on demand hopes
 Reuters- Palm oil faces a resistance zone of 3487-3504 ringgit per tonne, said Reuters market analyst Wang Tao based on technical analysis, adding that a break above will trigger a significant rise to 3806 ringgit in the next three months. Read the article.

Sweden may bring in trans fat legislation, report Sweden may follow countries such as Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Austria, and implement legislation to limit the use of trans fats in foods, according to local media. Read the article.

Camera Plans $11 Million Brazilian Biodiesel Chemical Plant
Bloomberg- Camera Agroalimentos SA, a Brazilian agricultural company, is planning a 20 million-real ($11 million) factory to make a catalyst needed to produce biodiesel as demand for the renewable fuel increases. Read the article.


AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo -Early Rate for Registration and Housing Expires March 29
Register and reserve your hotel by March 29, for reduced rates.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Lipid Oxidation and Quality Division Newsletter Highlights

Lipid Oxidation and Quality (LOQ) Division News

Calling All Authors (and Editors)!
If you have heard an outstanding technical presentation or plan to speak on a breakthrough topic the industry needs to find out about, please feel free to submit a new book proposal to AOCS. As a book editor you can gather the leading contributors. As a book author, you can write one or more chapters that will be included in a book.
For more information, please contact Jodey Schonfeld, at

2012 Winner of Edwin N. Frankel Award for Best Paper in Lipid Oxidation
Based on the ballots from eight qualified current and previous extended LOQ committee members the following paper was selected as the winner:
A.-D. M. Sørensen, N. S. Nielsen, E. A. Decker, M. B. Let, X. Xu and C. Jacobsen. The Efficacy of Compounds with Different Polarities as Antioxidants in Emulsions with Omega-3 Lipids. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society Volume 88, Number 4, 489-502, DOI: 10.1007/s11746-010-1696-5
The 2012 award is sponsored by Kalsec, Inc.,and will be presented to the winners during the LOQ Division dinner on Tuesday, May 1.


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Fish Oil Reduces Cancer Fatigue
TopNews United States- As per a research conducted by the US National Cancer Institute, it has been revealed that omega- 3 fats or fish oil is quite effective in keeping up the energy levels in cancer patients. Read the article.

Illinois Senate votes down trans fat ban for public schools The Illinois Senate today soundly defeated a bill that would have prevented schools throughout Illinois from serving food in their cafeterias or vending machines that contain trans fat. Read the article.

BASF to divest QTA Quality Trait Analysis division to Eurofins
Biodiesel Magazine- After its foundation by Cognis Corporation in 2001, the QTA business quickly expanded its scope of business, serving stakeholders in multiple industry segments, including grains and seeds, biodiesel, food ingredients, pesticides, chemicals, plastics, ... Read the article.

International Tocotrienol Symposium Explores Emerging Research
Natural Products INSIDER- The symposium, set for April 29, 2012 in Long Beach, CA, and sponsored by American River Nutrition Inc., will be part of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS). Read the article.

Council Experts Scrutinize Olive Oil Testing MethodsOlive Oil Times- Experts that advise the International Olive Council on the chemical analysis of olive oil are meeting in its Madrid headquarters today (March 23) and tomorrow to discuss issues including the results of recent trials of testing methods. Read the article.
VEGOILS-Palm oil drops to a nine-day low on renewed global economy concernsReuters-Brent crude dropped below $124 a barrel on Thursday, after weak Chinese manufacturing data sparked concerns that energy demand growth could slow in the world's second-largest oil consumer. Read the article.

Growing Kenyan Anionic Surfactant Market Holds Greater Potential than Mature ...Bradenton Herald- Kenya shows higher growth rates as consumers pay more attention to personal grooming and are changing from laundry bars to toilet soaps and laundry detergents. Read the article.


AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo -Early Rate for Registration and Housing Expires March 29
Register and reserve your hotel by March 29, for reduced rates.

LPP Enrollment Due
A reminder that early enrollment forms for the 2012-13 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) are due to AOCS with payment by Sunday, April 1. We are also now accepting applications for the Approved Chemist program, which can be downloaded here. 

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Processing Division Newsletter Highlights

 AOCS Processing Division News

Processing-Related Articles inform

March 8, 2012
Sustainable palm oil use is expected to double this year
Demand and awareness have increased in the last year.

February 28, 2012
Fungus found to effectively produce lipids for oil production
U.S.-based scientists have discovered a fungus that converts some sugars and algae biomass to lipids for use as biodiesel.

February 24, 2012
Biobased lubricants gain ground as petroleum-based alternative
Biobased lubricants from vegetable oils are gaining market share as cost-effectiveness and biodegradability boost demand.

February 23, 2012
Agriculture accounts for 92% of freshwater use
The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the U.S. is the third-largest consumer of freshwater after China and India.

February 22, 2012
Canola enthusiasm increases
Demand for and production of canola is on the rise as the oil is used as a healthful food ingredient and biodiesel feedstock.

February 21, 2012
Soy industry considers options after third health-claim rejection
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected a health claim that soy helps reduce cholesterol levels.

February 14, 2012
Outlook is poor for Indian oilseed production
Poor and inconsistent rain is being blamed for the decrease.

February 13, 2012
Lard goes from everything to nothing in 100 years
At the beginning of the 20th century, lard was used to cook all kinds of foods.

February 10, 2012
EU's rules on airline fuel take effect, could spur U.S. biofuels
The carbon-trading program for jet fuels has taken effect in Europe, which will affect U.S. airliners and could prove a benefit to that nation's advanced-biofuels industry.

February 9, 2012
Canada halted program aimed at restricting trans fats
A Canadian official rejected a plan in 2009 to restrict trans fats in food products, according to government records.

February 8, 2012
As China grows, so does the need for understanding its innovation
China is quickly becoming a powerful player in innovation and technology development, but it has yet to experience a full innovation revolution.

February 7, 2012
U.K. chief scientist supports use of biotech crops
Biotech crops can help solve agricultural problems and prevent global food shortages.

February 6, 2012
Palm oil biodiesel doesn't meet EPA greenhouse-gas standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected renewable-fuel status for palm oil-based biofuels.

January 31, 2012
Natural trans fats cause few bad effects, study says
Women on a diet of large amounts of natural trans fats had no change in levels of LDL cholesterol, a small study suggests.

January 30, 2012
Carnivorous cloth: The next disruptive technology?
The researchers at UC Berkeley have created a living fabric.

January 27, 2012
AlgaeBio plans spring launch of algal fatty acids
Canada-based Algae Biosciences plans to commercialize algal omega-3 fatty acids by April instead of its target of this month.

January 25, 2012
Spain pushes for uniform quality standards on olive oil
A regional agriculture minister in Spain announced the creation of a working group to review regulations relating to olive oil quality.

January 23, 2012
Quarterly earnings drop 88% for Cargill
The company's $100 million in earnings were against $832 million in 2010.

January 20, 2012
2012 will be a year to endure, says C&EN
Expiring patents on products for the pharmaceutical industry and global economic woes will hamper growth.

January 19, 2012
USDA expects higher oilseed supply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Oil Crops Outlook for January was optimistic on oilseed supplies.

January 18, 2012
Restaurants' old oil is a target for thieves
Used fryer oil used to be a headache for restaurants, which had to pay to have it hauled away, but trash has turned to treasure amid a rising demand for biofuels, and thieves have made the stuff a prime target.

January 16, 2012
Dry heat is affecting South American soybean output
The weather is affecting output in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

January 13, 2012
Writing clinic for scientists
Technical writing skills are vital at any stage of one's career; polishing those skills can only heighten the level of your work.

January 11, 2012
Cargill re-examines practices after layoffs
Cargill is laying off up to 2,000 employees and said it must adapt to conditions and "agile" competitors.

January 9, 2012
Construction to begin on U.S. oilseed-processing plant
The company hopes to open the facility in early 2013.

January 4, 2012
Indonesia palm oil production to grow in 2012
The growth is expected despite weaker demand from China and India.

December 19, 2011
Omega-3 fatty acids may cut heart risks in diabetes patients
Researchers said n-3 fatty acid supplementation also appeared to have protective properties against cardiac arrest.

December 16, 2011
European regulators reject health claims of vegetable oil replacement
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected health claims made by three separate food products.

December 15, 2011
P&G chief wants to upgrade company's technology capabilities
The upgrade would affect every aspect of the company.

December 14, 2011
The food industry is being urged to be proactive regarding nanotechnology use
The science can help with flavor delivery and pinpointing bacteria in packaging, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been slow to act on regulations.

December 12, 2011
Researchers grapple with water-in-oil-in-water emulsions
Canadian researchers have developed a double emulsion containing gelatin and sodium chloride to test for controlled-release food applications.

December 9, 2011
Cargill announces 2,000 layoffs
The layoffs follow back-to-back quarters of declining profits.

December 8, 2011
U.S. market may not have room for palm-based biodiesel
"The United States is frankly very competitive for biodiesel, and it's going to be hard to justify for palm oil when it costs over $900 a ton."

December 7, 2011
Companies lag on switching to sustainable palm oil sources
Companies that agreed to switch to sustainable palm oil are sourcing just 47% from suppliers with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification.

December 5, 2011
DuPont, Evogene work to create disease-resistant soybean strain
DuPont has entered into a research collaboration with Evogene to develop a strain of soybeans resistant to soybean rust.

December 2, 2011
UC Davis Olive Center quickly becomes an industry player
The University of California at Davis Olive Center has quickly turned the olive oil industry on its ear with two studies on the purity of oil labeled extra virgin.

November 30, 2011
New Canadian biodiesel plant will use canola resources
Construction should begin early next year.

November 29, 2011
In the market for a "vibrant chemistry career"?
The next free webinar from the American Chemical Society aims to help you secure and nurture a "vibrant chemistry career in the 21st century."

November 25, 2011
Scientists look at ways to increase canola production
The use of molecular breeding can help bolster canola oil production.

November 24, 2011
Oilseed byproducts could gain new purpose
Food and pharmaceutical industries are among those that could benefit from the extraction of vegetable proteins from oilseed byproducts.

November 23, 2011
Cooking-oil stocks are on the decline
Inventories as calculated by days of supply for the nine leading cooking oils will fall to their lowest levels since 1975.

November 15, 2011
Syria's olive oil yield is expected to withstand political unrest
Amid political unrest, Syria will likely produce a record crop of olive oil.

November 14, 2011
Food-ingredient suppliers search for fat, sugar alternatives
Food companies these days spend heavily on research to cut fat from products while keeping food flavor.

November 11, 2011
Companies seek to develop next-generation canola oil
Cargill and BASF are seeking to genetically modify canola plants to produce the nutritionally important long-chain eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic fatty acids.

November 10, 2011
Researchers study cyclodextrin as alternative to Lorenzo's Oil
The compound cyclodextrin, a treatment for the rare disease Niemann-Pick Type C, is also being tested for conditions including Alzheimer's disease and the HIV virus.

November 9, 2011
Oilseeds giant Bunge jumps into palm oil market
Bunge is the global leader in oilseeds processing, and it is now targeting palm oil.

November 8, 2011
Algae industry faces pitfalls in quest for alternative fuels
The Algal Biomass Organization's recent summit in Minneapolis highlighted many of the struggles the industry is facing in finding an identity and securing investors.

November 7, 2011
Malaysia spots palm oil industry as area of key economic growth
The man tapped to transform Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 has identified palm oil as one of 12 industries that will drive growth.

November 4, 2011
Makers of algal flour hope to launch product in 2012
Makers of flour derived from microalgae said a French facility to produce the food ingredient should be operational next year.

November 1, 2011
Olive oil byproduct proves to be a useful energy resource
Pomace, the solid waste left over from the olive kernel after oil is extracted, continues to hold many alternative-energy uses.

October 31, 2011
Low-fat diets lose their luster
Consumers are turning away from low-fat diets as they learn that some fats and oils provide health benefits.

October 24, 2011
Free webinar on biosurfactants
Learn about bio-based surfactants from a panel of experts led by Douglas G. Hayes, co-editor of "Biobased Surfactants and Detergents: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications".

October 21, 2011
Genetically modified ingredients are in "natural" foods
A nonprofit group's study of cereals says that many brands labeled "natural" are made, in part, from genetically modified ingredients, including soy.

October 18, 2011
Certified-sustainable palm oil sees market growth
Demand for certified sustainable palm oil is posting long-term and short-term gains.

October 13, 2011
Sustainability in palm oil is a priority
The palm oil industry should continue efforts to become more sustainable amid criticisms of its production processes, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Agricultural Microscopy Division Newsletter Highlights

Agricultural Microscopy Division News

Annual Meeting Preview
by Marge McCutcheon (AM Division Ex-Officio)

The 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will be held April 29 to May 2 in Long Beach, California, and we are very excited to present to you the 2012 Ag Microscopy Division session schedule.  Please note that this schedule includes meeting times for officers and Division attendees, luncheon, and lecture times. Also note, however, that times and locations are subject to change; consult the Annual Meeting webpage, which is continually updated, for the most accurate information.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be presenting a joint session on Tuesday afternoon with the Processing Division and the AACC. This session will focus on topics concerning traceability of bulk materials and should be of interest to a broad audience of attendees including the AM Division.  We’d like to thank Dr. Charles Hurburgh for giving us the opportunity to work with him and his colleagues on this important topic.  To quote Dr. Hurburgh,
“this workshop and scientific discussion was assembled to present the state of the art in bulk materials traceability and promote scientific exchange among participants on a topic of generic value to all in the grain to food, feed, or fuel supply chain.” 
Traceability as a management tool for food/feed safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will be covered from all angles.

Discussion on Rice and Rice Bran Oil at the Division Luncheon
At Monday’s Division luncheon Glenn Kobata and Patricia Ramsey will present a discussion on rice, including growing, uses, and major products, with special attention to rice bran oil. Please remember that this is a ticketed event; don't forget to buy your ticket when you register!


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News and Notes


DSM Nutritional Products is seeking a Stability Modeling Scientist. Job Posting.

Around the Interwebz

Secretary Vilsack Receives Applause for Farm-Grown Renewable Energy at Commodity Classic and Town Hall Broadcast
blog.usda- Earlier this month, Secretary Tom Vilsack received a warm welcome from the record breaking crowd of more than 6,000 farmers, ranchers and farm industry leaders at the General Session of the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville. Read the article.

VEGOILS-Palm oil rally loses some steam, exports eyed
Reuters- But sentiment is still fairly bullish as market players expect Malaysia's strong export trend to continue as big buyers like China may increase edible oil shipments. Read the article.

Edible oil processing - enzymatic degumming
The benefit of using enzymes as auxiliary agents in degumming vegetable oils is that it reduces total oil loss in the degumming process. Obviously, reduction of oil losses must pay for the enzyme cost, plus additional energy (power and heat) and additional capital costs required in the plant when compared to conventional processes (water degumming or acid degumming, caustic refining). It is the opinion of the authors that the apparent slow advance of enzyme degumming is, in great part, due to the lack of reliable, independent data on total process performance, which allows for the calculation of process economics. Read more at The Lipid Library.

ADM introduces Sustainable Grower Program for Canadian canola
Biodiesel Magazine-In order to comply with European export market requirements, the entire supply chain related to biodiesel feedstock production must meet the European standard for sustainability. Read the article.

SPX Acquires Seital, a Global Supplier of Separator and Clarifier TechnologiesMarketWatch- Applications include dairy, wine, beverages and essential oils, as well as oils and fats. "Seital is a very well-respected manufacturer of high quality separators, clarifiers and other components that play a critical role in a wide array of food. Read the article.


AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo -Early Rate for Registration and Housing Expires March 29
Register and reserve your hotel by March 29, for reduced rates.

LPP Enrollment Due
A reminder that early enrollment forms for the 2012-13 AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) are due to AOCS with payment by Sunday, April 1. We are also now accepting applications for the Approved Chemist program, which can be downloaded here. 

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Surfactants and Detergents Division Newsletter - The Highlight Reel

Last week the AOCS Division Newsletters went are the highlights for S & D...

Surfactants and Detergents Division News

Institute for Applied Surfactant Research (IASR) at the University of Oklahoma

The mission of IASR is to study the fundamentals of industrially important problems in surfactants. The center is celebrating its 25th year of operation in 2012; currently, IASR consists of eight faculty members drawn from three departments at OU. The IASR industrial consortium consists of twelve sponsors from major consumer product formulators, surfactant manufacturers, oil service and oil companies, and industrial and institutional (I&I) product formulators. IASR has also performed contract research for numerous companies in various industries including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, oil producers, surfactant suppliers, and environmental remediation. These projects permit our students to gain experience in industrial-based research and allow for interaction with company scientists, thereby better preparing our students for rapid start-up in an industrial environment. IASR graduates also hold faculty positions in universities globally.

Currently, we have four major focus areas:
·  Consumer Product Formulation
·  Surfactants at the Solid-Liquid Interface
·  Surfactant-Based Environmental Technologies
·  Surfactant-Enhanced Oil Recovery

These focus areas are constantly evolving; we are responsive to our sponsor’s needs and the marketplace in general. Faculty from the Center publish approximately 20 papers/year in refereed, archival journals and we perform both experimental and computational studies. Our participation in S&D Division technical sessions and in Division activities is well known; IASR members and alumni have held all of the important offices in the Division and we are very proud that many of our graduate students have won major  AOCS student awards. If you desire more information about the Institute, please contact the Director, Brian Grady, or visit our website

AOCS to Host Singapore 2012: World Conference on Fabric and Home Care
AOCS is excited to announce that it will host Singapore 2012: World Conference on Fabric and Home Care from October 29-31, at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. The conference will continue the tradition of the Montreux World Conference, a premier industry event held every four years in Montreux, Switzerland.

With the overall theme of “Driving Performance through Sustainable Innovation,” Singapore 2012 is expected to gather executives and decision-makers from across the globe who will influence the future of the fabric and home care industry. Keynote speakers include:

  • Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, United Kingdom
  • Bob McDonald, CEO, The Procter & Gamble Co., USA
  • Motoki Ozaki, CEO, Kao Corporation, Japan

“It is a rare opportunity to hear from the CEOs of Unilever, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Kao Corporation at one conference,” said J. Keith Grime, General Chair. “I believe this in and of itself speaks to the quality of the program and importance of this global conference.”

The conference will also feature an industry exhibition with leading services, suppliers, and products. For more information and to register, visit the conference webpage.

Upcoming Events in 2012

ACS Spring 2012 National Meeting & Exposition
March 25-29
San Diego, California
This meeting will focus on research associated with understanding of the chemistry of life, both at the molecular and macroscopic levels.

103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
April 29-May 2
Long Beach, California

Society of Cosmetic Chemists, 2012 Annual Scientific Seminar 

May 31-June 1
Charleston, South Carolina

86th ACS Colloids and Surfaces Symposium
June 10-13
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

19th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution (SIS2012)
June 24-28
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

ACS Fall 2012 National Meeting & Expo
September 19-23
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This meeting will focus on the latest advancements in biomaterials research as they are related to health and medicine.

27th IFSCC Congress 2012
October 15-18
Johannesburg, South Africa 

Singapore 2012: World Conference on Fabric and Home Care
October 29-31


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AOCS Member News

University of Arkansas Professor Named Fellow of American Oil Chemists' Society
Jerry King, professor in the department of chemical engineering, has been elected a fellow by American Oil Chemists’ Society for his contributions as an international authority on critical fluid extraction technology and its applications to agricultural products — including oils and lipids. Read the article.

Rich Hartel is featured in the latest issue of Time Magazine in the article "10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life". Read an excerpt of  " # 5. Food That Lasts Forever".

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Susie The Biodiesel Bike Ready For The Highway
Domestic Fuel- The COO for the National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, proudly displayed Susie, the Biodiesel Bike, to a local audience at the organization's headquarters in Jefferson City, MO. Read the article.

American Olive Oil Producers Draft Federal Marketing Order
Olive Oil Times-By Curtis Cord Adam Englehardt, vice president of California Olive Ranch is among those leading an effort to draft a federal marketing order for olive oil. Read the article.

Edible oil sector disappointed with Budget
Rediff-The Oilseeds production in the country is stagnant at around 27-28 million tonnes and the productivity at 950/1000 Kg. per hectare. Read the article.

Graphene shows potential for modelling cell membrane systems
Nanowerk LLC- For example, the lipid bilayer is the fundamental structure of cell membranes, and the structure and dynamic of bilayer membranes govern the transport of materials and information in and out of cells.  Read the article.

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Protein and Co-Products Division News

Highlights from the Spring Protein and Co-Products Division Newsletter.

AOCS Protein and Co-Products Division News

The AOCS Books and Special Publications Committee continues to solicit ideas for book projects. Our Division has been approached to consider publishing books on any topic relating to proteins and co-products.  I hope those of you interested will answer this call by providing an outline of your book idea; contact Jodey Schonfeld  at AOCS for more information.

Dr. Rotimi Aluko, Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, attended the conference of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF) that took place in Sapporo, Japan, November 14-17, 2011. Rotimi would like to share his experience at the conference and highlight the topics that related to protein and co-products:

The fourth ISNFF conference was dedicated to the science, technology, regulation, and marketing of functional foods. The conference was formally opened in the afternoon of Monday, November 14, with three excellent keynote lectures, which were then followed by three concurrent technical sessions. The evening concluded with a poster viewing session and a welcome reception.
Days 2 through 4 followed a similar routine of keynote lectures and concurrent technical sessions. Technical sessions that relate to “Proteins and Co-Products” included “Bioactive amino acids, peptides and proteins,” “Anti-inflammatory pyroglutamyl peptides,” and “Marine Nutraceuticals 2.” Overall, there were 12 keynote lectures, 143 technical session oral presentations, and 130 posters that covered all aspects of functional foods. Attendance at the technical sessions was very heavy and in some cases it was standing room only. There were also luncheon seminars on days 2 and 3 that featured very interesting lectures mostly from industry perspectives and provided a good picture of the applied aspects of functional foods.
The congress gala dinner was held on the third day and featured exquisite Japanese cuisine, wine, and of course lots of Sapporo beer. Attendees were also entertained during the gala dinner by the spectacular high octane performance of a Japanese drum beating group. The conference wrapped up with a city-wide tour on Thursday, November 18, that took participants to the main university as well as a government food research center and the newly constructed manufacturing facilities of Amino Up Chemical Company (manufacturers of a polyphenol-enriched functional drink). One of the notable aspects of the conference that left a long-lasting memory is the excellent hospitality of the Japanese people, which you can feel right from the airport to the city center and hotel.


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Friday, March 16, 2012

$120 Coffee!?

As we prepare for 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo (April 29- May 2, 2012 in Long Beach California) new staff and organizers are sometimes surprised by the cost of things we take for our morning cup of coffee. In this guest posting, Jeff Newman (AOCS Senior Director, Programs), examines the the work (and cost!) for that cup of coffee.

$120 for a gallon coffee at a hotel?  It’s highway robbery!

The rule of thumb is that you can get 20 cups of coffee per gallon.  So, that coffee during the meeting’s morning break is costing around $6.00 per cup.  Seems awfully expensive for a simple cup of coffee; everyone knows you can make it a lot cheaper at home. 

My wife makes the coffee in our house.  In fact, she drives to the store to buy the coffee plus the filters, plus the cream, plus the sugar….you get the idea.  She pays for it all and then drives home. She insists that my son unloads the car.  She pays him his weekly allowance so she figures she should get something out of the deal.   We just bought a new super-fast coffee maker to match our newly refurbished kitchen.  Luckily, it works like a charm….for now, at least.   After making the coffee, my wife sets out my favorite coffee mug with all the accompaniments.  She prays I’ll use the napkin she also puts out to keep a coffee ring off the table; sometimes I remember.  Actually, when I stop to think about it, it’s quite the production in the morning.  When I’m done, my wife makes my son do the dishes; it’s that allowance thing again. 

Oh, did I mention our ever faithful watch dog, Goldy?  Nobody is going to steal my coffee!

See, I can make a cup of coffee a lot cheaper at home….just don’t tell my wife.

Thanks to Jeff for writing. I hope you enjoyed this guest post and I also hope to see you soon in Long Beach (not to worry, coffee breaks are included with your registration).

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

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Video Break -Are soy foods safe for women with breast cancer?

Soy and breast cancer

The safety of soy foods for breast cancer patients has been in and out of the news for several decades. In this article, inform Associate Editor Catherine Watkins examines current thinking.

Read the entire article here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New and Notes

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo 2012 Notes

Introducing: the Executive Fast Track registration option -Refer a colleague and get $50 AOCS Cash. Developed specifically for business professionals the Executive Fast Track maximizes the AOCS experience while minimizing the time commitment. Learn more...
How do I get the $50?
1. Go here
2. Put your name in the Special Request box on the form.
3. Print or save the invitation and share it.
Whichever option(s) you choose, you will receive $50 AOCS cash* for each EFT registrant who submits a form with your name in the Special Request box.
*AOCS Cash can be used toward AOCS purchases, like books, subscriptions, future meeting registrations, and more. You will receive your AOCS Cash Certificate(s) via email after the 2012 Annual Meeting & Expo concludes.

Visit GEA Process Engineering (Booth #341) to discuss GEA Atlas dry condensing technologies.

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Fats and oils are recognized as important nutrients in the human diet, being consumed in a variety of forms. Rapid quality control of edible oils can be achieved by Bruker Optics dedicated FT-NIR spectrometers. The analysis is quick, economical and safe to use, even for untrained staff.  

Nanoparticles affect nutrient absorption, study suggests
Nanoparticles are everywhere. From cosmetics and clothes, to soda and snacks. But as versatile as they are, nanoparticles also have a downside, say researchers. These tiny particles, even in low doses, could have a big impact on our long-term health.

Lipid Library Updates

New sub-section of the Oils and Fats Section dealing with Lipid Chemistry. The first article to go online deals with Guerbet compounds (by Gerhard Knothe).

The major section of the AOCS Lipid Library dealing with Biochemistry and Nutrition is well underway. A new subsecton - Animal Lipid Biochemistry is now online, and recent articles deal with Phospholipases (Michelle Bamji-Mirza & Zemin Yao) and Glycerophosphate and acylglycerophosphate acyltransferases (Hei Sook Sul). 

The topic of "Nutrition" is in the planning stage, and we would like to have a section dealing with "Biophysics" when a suitable editor can be found. The latest article in Plant Lipid Biochemistry is Triacylglycerol biosynthesis in eukaryotic microalgae (Yonghua Li-Beisson)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Olive You

In case you haven’t heard, in less than two months, the oil chemists will meet for the 103rd time since 1909. The 2012 edition of the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo will be in beautiful Long Beach, California.

As we are in California, it seemed fitting to offer a short course on olive oil (there is also a course on chocolate!!).
Olive Oil Chemistry and Sensory Relationships

This short course will examine a strongly debated area in olive oil quality standards--the extent that chemical methods correlate with olive oil sensory quality.

The content of the course is directed to both a technical audience familiar with olive oil chemical and sensory methods, as well as a non-technical audience interested in the future of olive oil quality standards.

You can find out more about this short course here.  FYI -there is a discount for early registration. It expires March 29, so you might want to register now.

I look forward to seeing everyone in California, it will be here before you know it!

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Amy Lo |

News and Notes

BASF is looking for Training Coordinators in California and Louisiana (USA). Job Posting.
AOCS welcomes a new Bronze Corporate Member Qualibet Testing Services Corp. 
The most popular article from last week's inform SmartBrief was "Meet the wooden periodic table table". Read this or better yet get SmartBrief.
The March articles from inform are posted.
"The Future of LAB" by Amandeep Singh
The global linear alkylbenzene (LAB) industry has experienced depressed margins and feedstock shortages during the past few years. The following is an analysis of the industry’s current state and its most likely future. Read the Article.
"World supplies of rapeseed and canola likely to remain tight in the 2012/13 season" by Thomas Mielke
Even if Canadian farmers harvest a record canola crop of 14.5–15.0 million metric tons (MMT) in late summer 2012, there is a high probability that world production of rapeseed and canola will remain behind requirements in the 2012/13 season—mainly due to poor winter crop production prospects in the European Union (EU) and Ukraine. Read the Article.

Upcoming Events/ March 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

11-13 National Institute of Oilseed Products Annual Convention
Palm Springs, California, USA

11-16 Complications of Diabetes: Mechanisms of Injury and Failure of Repair
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

11-16 Pittcon 2012
Orlando, Florida, USA

11-16 Principles and Practice of Cosmetic Science
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

13-15 World Biofuels Markets 2012
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

13-16 4th International Singapore Lipid Symposium
National University of Singapore, Singapore

14-16 GLOBE 2012 Business Environment Event -- Conference and Trade Fair
Vancouver, Canada

15 Society of Cosmetic Scientists Half Day Conference
Nottingham, England

15-16 Home and Personal Care Ingredients Congress India
Mumbai, India

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Please allow me to introduce myself

Hi. I'm Amy Lopez, Web Manager at AOCS.

I am not introducing myself, per se, but rather the new AOCS blog. However, if you do want to learn more about me go here (and then go ahead and contact me with ideas for this blog!).

I hope that this blog will bring you value and entertainment as we offer news, columns, and posts from those interested in all things AOCS (lipids, fats and oils, fabric and home care etc., etc.).

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