Monday, August 27, 2012

News and Notes for Monday August 27, 2012

Argentina complains to WTO over Spanish biodiesel rules
Argentina has filed a complaint against the European Union at the World Trade Organization to challenge Spanish rules that the South American country argues discriminate against its biodiesel exports. Read more from Reuters.

USDA Certification raises bar for biobased
The scientific rigor of ASTM combined with the credibility of the USDA raises the bar for industry and makes the USDA Certified Biobased label a new source of competitive advantage. Read more at Greener Package.

General Mills Improves its Health Profile
General Mills has improved the health profile of 68 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005. In fiscal 2012 alone, the company improved nearly 16 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume. Improvements include adding whole grains, fiber and calcium, and reducing calories, sugar, sodium and trans fat. General Mills first began tracking and quantifying health improvements in 2005. Read more at Consumer Goods Technology.

Olive Oil Consumption Linked to Increased Serum Osteocalcin
Consumption of olive oil in addition to a Mediterranean diet correlates with increased osteocalcin levels and improvements in bone formation markers in elderly men at high cardiovascular risk, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Read more at the DoctorsLounge.

Omega 3, omega 6 fatty acids linked to breast cancer risk
A new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that high intake of omega 6 polyunsaturated fat or fatty acids may increase risk of developing breast cancer in both obese and lean premenopausal women while increased intake of omega 3 fat or fatty acids may reduce the risk in women with obesity. Read more at


Upcoming Events August and September 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

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

September 2012

03-05 Household Auto Care
São Paulo, Brazil

04-09 53rd International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids
Banff, Canada

05-09 5th Global Jatropha World 2012
Jaipur, India

10-11 Relief Systems Design Course
Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA

10-12 Ag Innovation Showcase
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

10-12 China Petroleum & Chemical International Conference
Tianjin, China

10-12 World Congress and Expo on Biowaivers and Biosimilars
San Antonio, Texas, USA

10-12 2nd World Congress on Cancer Science & Therapy
San Antonio, Texas, USA

11-13 American Cleaning Institute Fall Meeting
Washington, DC, USA

11-13 Royal Society of Chemistry Conference: Lipids and Membrane Biophysics
London, United Kingdom

11-14 OFIC 2012 - Oils and Fats International Congress 2012
Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

12-13 Cosmetic Formulations
Newark, New Jersey, USA

12-13 The Chemistry and Formulations of Color Cosmetics
Newark, New Jersey, USA

12-14 OFI Asia 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

13-16 EMBO | EMBL Symposium on Diabetes and Obesity
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

16-17 Women in Agribusiness Summit
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

17-19 24th International Ion Chromatography Symposium
Berlin, Germany

17-19 International Conference on Obesity and Weight Management
San Antonio, Texas, USA

17-19 7th Annual Soy & Grain Trade Summit
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

18-19 World Biofuels Markets Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil

18-20 Science & Standards Symposium: Function of Foods and Dietary Supplements–Global Opportunities and Challenges
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

19-21 International Dairy Foods Association Policy & Politics Conference
Washington, D.C., USA

19-21 Biocatalysis in Lipid Modification
Greifswald, Germany

20-21 MPOB International Oil Palm Biomass Conference 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

21-23 Globoil India 2012
Premier International Conference & Exhibition on Vegetable Oil, Feed & Feed Ingredients, Oilseeds & Related Industries
Mumbai, India

22-23 9th Practical Short Course: Newest Trends in Soft Processing and Downstream Technology
Cracow, Poland

23-26 10th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
Fats, Oils and Lipids: from Science and Technology to Health
Cracow, Poland

23-28 19th Annual Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition, & Feed Management
College Station, Texas, USA

24-27 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry(SETAC) Asia/Pacific 2012 Annual Meeting
Kumamoto, Japan

24-27 2012 Algae Biomass Summit
Denver, Colorado, USA

25-27 Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase, and Use
ASTM International Training Course
San Francisco, California, USA

27-28 4th European Workshop on Lipid Mediators
Paris, France

27-29 21st South East Lipid Research Conference
Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA

30-Oct. 3 American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International Annual Meeting
Hollywood, Florida, USA

30-Oct. 3 AOAC Annual Meeting & Exposition
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

30-Oct. 4 World Congress on Oleo Science & 29th ISF Congress
Arkas Sasebo, Nagasaki-Prefecture, Japan

30-Oct. 5 SciX - The Great SCIentific eXchange
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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