Friday, September 7, 2012

News and Notes for Friday September 7, 2012

China moves to curb soymeal and cooking-oil prices
Fearing inflation as its economy slows, China has stepped up measures to contain the prices of animal feed and cooking oil, selling state reserves of soybeans and corn and warning two dominant crushers against excessive market speculation. Read more at MarketWatch.

What Babies Eat After Birth Likely Determines Lifetime Risk of Metabolic Mischief and Obesity
Rats born to mothers fed high-fat diets but who get normal levels of fat in their diets right after birth avoid obesity and its related disorders as adults, according to new Johns Hopkins research. Meanwhile, rat babies exposed to a normal-fat diet in the womb but nursed by rat mothers on high-fat diets become obese by the time they are weaned. Read more from ScienceDaily.

Report Forecasts Olive Oil Prospects for Spain, Italy, Greece
Based mainly on statistical analysis and predictions about the progression of the oil industry compared to past trends, the report is concerned with the 'big three' of the olive oil sector; Spain, Italy and Greece. Read more from the Olive Oil Times.

Omega-3 Supplements Fail to Live Up To Label Claims
Many individuals consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily as a means to maintain a healthy immune system, however revealed 31 percent of supplements tested failed to live up to their label claims. Read more from Medical Daily.

A sub-study of the Outcome Reduction with an Initial Glargine Intervention (ORIGIN) trial, designed to investigate the effect of insulin glargine and omega-3 fatty acids on atherosclerosis progression, found that insulin glargine had a statistically non-significant reducing effect on the primary outcome of rate of change in maximum carotid intima media thickness (CIMT). There was no differences in either the primary or secondary outcomes between the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements and placebo groups. Read more at Science Daily.

Dietary Fats and Risk of Sudden cardiac Death in Women
A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that women eating too much saturated fatty acids may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Read more from Food Consumer.

Waste oil could be used as starting material in bioplastics, say researchers
Researchers have found waste cooking oil could be used as a starting material in the production of bioplastics to produce a higher yield at a cheaper price. Read more at

European green cleaning powerhouse Ecover buys U.S. rival Method

Method, a purveyor of nontoxic cleaners that double as 'stylish countertop accessories,' is acquired by Belgium-based Ecover in a move that will yield the world's largest green cleaning product company. Read more.

Call for ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Participants
ISO/Technical Committee (TC) 34 covers a variety of areas involving food standards. AOCS administers the following U.S. Technical Advisory Groups:
1. ISO/TC 34 Food products and ISO/TC 34/Subcommittee (SC) 17 Management systems for food safety;
2. ISO/TC 34/SC 2 Oleaginous seeds and fruits and oilseed meals and ISO/TC 34/SC 11 Animal and vegetable fats and oils; and
3. ISO/TC 34/SC 16 Horizontal methods for molecular biomarker analysis.
If you are interested, please complete the 2012 ISO Participation Form no later than September 14, 2012. More information is available here.

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