Monday, August 13, 2012

News and Notes for Monday August 12, 2012

U.S. drought drives up food prices worldwide
The drought in the US isn't just an American problem. It's causing food prices to surge worldwide. Read more from CNN.

Spain’s Olive Oil Agency Monitors Product Traceability
More than 20 plants involved in the production or packaging of olive oil or table olives in Spain were found to have no system of product traceability, according to the 2010-2011 annual report from the country's olive oil watchdog. Read more from The Olive Oil Times.

GMO Corn Headed for US Supermarket Shelves
Genetically engineered sweet corn from Monsanto is headed for Walmart store shelves, the first GE product to travel from farms directly to consumer plates. Read more on News.

Report: food scientists are losing the battle to make tasty, healthy cheese
Under pressure to reduce saturated fats in American diets the cheese industry has tried to make products with less salt or fat that consumers will like. Read more at Fox News.

Fatty acid synthase provides new target for treatment of obesity and diabetes

Researchers have identified a potential target for treating diabetes and obesity. Studying mice, they found that when the target protein was disabled, the animals became more sensitive to insulin and were less likely to get fat.  Read more at News-Medical.

GOED Talks Claims, Intakes with FDA and IOM
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) met with officials from FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to discuss  omega-3 industry issues such as nutrient content claims, health claims, recommended intakes, upper limits and the economic impact of omega-3 consumption. Read more from


Upcoming Events August 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

13-15 International Conference and Exhibition on Orthopedics
Chicago, Illinois, USA

19-23 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

19-24 14th Annual Practical Short Course on Food Extrusion: Cereals, Protein & Other Ingredients
College Station, Texas, USA

20-22 2nd World Congress on Vaccines & Vaccination
Chicago, Illinois, USA

23-25 Regulation of protein trafficking and function by palmitoylation
Oxford, United Kingdom

26-30 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
Prague, Czech Republic

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