Monday, October 1, 2012

News and Notes for October 1, 2012

Royal Society names the Top 20 Food Innovations
The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has today named the fridge, pasteurised milk, and the tin can as the three most significant inventions in the history of food and drink. These relatively modern innovations outscored more ancient inventions including the fishing net, the plough, and the cork.  See the entire list here.

Polyols assist in cutting calories in menu items
They may replace sugar in coffee drinks, ice cream and apple pie. Read more about polyol usage from

Consumer demand for packaged foods boosts Russian specialty fats market
Russia’s specialty fats market has rocketed in the past decade, driven by increasing consumer demand for processed foods and higher levels of disposable income – and the sector is expected to continue growing over the coming ten years, according to a new report from UkrAgroConsult. Read more from FoodNavigator.

Webinar: Food and ageing: Exploring nutrition and longevity
As part of the Online Conference LifeStages 2012 a keynote webinar will be presented live October 2, 2012 |7:00 am CDT . Find out more about the keynote webinar or the LifeStages2012 online event.

Alternatives to Animal Testing in the Area of Cosmetics 
The FDA has released a report by the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) Industry Committee. The title of the September 24, 2012 FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Cosmetics News Update is "Report for the International Cooperation for the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR): Applicability of Animal Testing Alternatives in Regulatory Frameworks within ICCR Regions".  Read the report (.pdf).

Oilseed growers face threat to payments over fat levels
Oilseed rape growers who are just coming through one of the most problematic harvests following a difficult growing season are now facing a new and unexpected problem which could hit their pockets hard. Some samples are showing exceptionally high levels of free fatty acids as a result of the exceptionally poor weather and growers might be facing deductions to their payments as a result. Read more at

Upcoming Events October 2012
See the AOCS Events Calendar.

01-03 International Conference on Tissue Science and Engineering
Chicago, Illinois, USA

01-03 Oilseeds & Oils 2012
Istanbul, Turkey

01-03 International Conference & Exhibition on Emerging Cell Therapies
Chicago, Illinois, USA

02-03 Aviation Biofuels Development
Washington, DC, USA

03-05 Food Ingredients Asia
Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia

03-05 Cleaning Products 2012
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

07-11 Practical Short Course on Vegetable Oil Processing and Products of Vegetable Oil / Biodiesel
College Station, Texas, USA

08-12 American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) 31st Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

11-12 Process Safety Training
Burr Ridge, Illinois, USA

15-16 Snackfoods Technology Platform America
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

15-17 International Conference on Biothreats and Biodefense
Chicago, Illinois, USA

16-19 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of Laboratory Managers
San Antonio, Texas, USA

17-19 9th Lipidomics Meeting
Paris Jussieu, France

17-19 Algae Europe 2012
Milan, Italy

21-25 American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of American 2012 International Annual Meetings
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

23-24 2012 Food Integrity Summit
Chicago, Illinois, USA

28-31 8th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB)
Sonoma, California, USA

29-30 Basic Polymers (October 29) and Advanced Polymers (October 30)
Newark, New Jersey, USA

29-31 Singapore 2012: World Conference on Fabric and Home Care
Where global leaders shape the future of the fabric and home care industry to enhance our quality of life.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

29-31 Advanced Biofuels Markets
San Francisco, California, United States

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