Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New and Notes for Wednesday June 20, 2012

Disney to ban junk food adverts
NHS Choices --Disney plans to ban junk food ads on its TV, radio and online programs. The Disney corporation has announced that by 2015 it will phase out adverts for products that do not conform to its nutritional guidelines, and will also aim to promote healthier foods such as fruit. Read more.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Not Offer Touted Brain Benefits After All
ABC News--A new review of previous studies suggests that taking omega-3 supplements may not offer any brain benefits at all.  Researchers led by Emma Sydenham at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine analyzed data from studies that evaluated the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognitive function. Read more.

Identifying, avoiding scams in large biodiesel project funding
Biodiesel Magazine--Financing large projects that include biodiesel processors, crushers and support equipment has become complex, attracting  fraudulently divert investment revenue schemes. Read more.

Food Chain Contaminants/ EFSA Meeting
The Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has scheduled its 54th Plenary Meeting for July 11 and 12, 2012.Agenda items include the Role of EFSA as a Scientific Advisory Body; EFSA risk assessment and communication activities; Work program for 2012-2014; Role of the EFSA Dietary and Chemical Monitoring Unit (DCM); working group reports on Alkaloids, Aspergillus toxins, Brominated Flame Retardants, Dioxins in food for children, Fusarium toxins, Meat inspection contaminants, chromium and nickel in food, Previous cargoes – re-evaluation, Reference points for action, and Mercury in food. The meeting agenda is posted at Information about the EFSA Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain is posted at

Genetically-Enhanced Soybeans Approved for Commercial Use in Mexico
The Government of Mexico (GOM) announced that it had approved genetically-enhanced (GE) soybeans for commercial use in Mexico for up to 253,500 hectares (ha). GE soybeans had only previously been planted under the experimental and pilot stages in Mexico (since 1995). The approval of GE soybeans for commercial use comes at a politically-sensitive time with upcoming presidential elections and at a time that anti-biotech groups have ramped up media attacks to block progress on this front. The June 8, 2012 USDA FAS GAIN Report is posted here. Information about the USDA FAS USDA'S Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) is available at

Abstract Alerts

Formulation and evaluation of chitosan solid lipid nanoparticles of carbamazepine
Rahul N Nair, Ashok C.K Kumar, Prasanna Y. Raju, Vishnu K Priya and Chakrapani M Yadav. Lipids in Health and Disease 2012, 11:72 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-11-72. Published: 13 June 2012. Read the abstract.

A Search for Ecofriendly Detergent/Dispersant Additives for Vegetable-Oil Based Lubricants
Arun K. Singh and Raj K. Singh. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 2012, Volume 15, Number 4, Pages 399-409. Read the abstract.


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