Thursday, May 24, 2018

Update to the AOCS Privacy Policy

This Friday, May 25, new data privacy laws — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — take effect across the European Union. AOCS is fully aligned with the spirit of the GDPR for a safe and secure Internet.

The new privacy policy is available at

If anything in our policies and procedures is unclear, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.

Gloria Cook, Senior Director, AOCS Finance and Operations
Phone: +1 217-693-4808 | Fax: +1 217-693-4853

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

AOCS' Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

AOCS is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the science and technology of oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere.  AOCS acknowledges and values all dimensions of diversity. Therefore, we welcome into our Society and encourage the participation of all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, cultural background, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, professional status, geographic location, and all other characteristics that make our members unique. AOCS actively promotes inclusion, recruitment, and retention in every aspect of the Society – including but not limited to membership, leadership, committees, and staff. We strive to cultivate a scientific society of excellence built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect.

Approved by the AOCS Governing Board, May 9, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Update - Removal of Trans Fat in Processed Foods

FDA is "... extending the compliance date for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), [the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in food]. For the majority of uses of PHOs, June 18, 2018 remains the date after which manufacturers cannot add PHOs to foods. However, to allow for an orderly transition in the marketplace, the FDA is allowing more time for products produced prior to June 18, 2018 to work their way through distribution. The FDA is extending the compliance date for these foods to January 1, 2020 ... At the same time, the FDA is denying a food additive petition from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) requesting approval for certain limited uses of PHOs. To allow for time for reformulation, the agency is extending until June 18, 2019 the compliance date to stop manufacturing foods with these specific, limited petitioned uses of PHOs, and until Jan. 1, 2021 for these products to work their way through distribution ..."

The FDA Final Rule and Proposed Rule are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2018 and will be made available at

Friday, May 4, 2018

AOCS Annual Meeting Live Stream

Can't make it to #AOCS2018? Curious about the AOCS Annual Meeting and wondering if you should attend next year? The join us for our live stream and experience AOCS!

Live Stream Information
As of 5/02/2018

This information is subject to change.

Live Stream Channels


Live Steam Schedule

Sunday, May 6th | 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. CST
Welcome Plenary

Welcome Plenary Session featuring the ISF Kaufmann Memorial Lecture
4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. CST  | Livestream

Join us as we recognize the achievements of our members and learn what Society leaders are planning for the year ahead. AOCS President Neil Widlak and AOCS President-elect Len Sidisky will each deliver a brief address, Society and Scientific awards will be presented, and routine AOCS business will be conducted.

ISF Kaufmann Memorial Lecture
Fish oil oxidation: What is the problem?
Dr. Kazuo Miyashita, Professor, Department of Bio-resources Chemistry, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, Japan.

Plenary Lecture
Positioning Plant Proteins to Consumers: What Innovations are Needed Along the Value Chain?
Dr. James D. House, Professor and Head of the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada.
*Tentative as of 5/2

Monday May 7th | 7:55 a.m.–10 a.m. CST
Concurrent Hot Topic Symposia

3-MCPD and Glycidol Esters — What Now?
7:55 a.m.–10 a.m. CST | Livestream

7:55 a.m.         Opening Remarks.

8 a.m.              A Reflection on Ten Years of Research around 3-MCPD and Glycidyl Esters in
                        Fats and Oils. Karel Hrncirik, Unilever, The Netherlands

8:20 a.m.         Break

8:40 a.m.         Approaches for the Mitigation of 3-MCPD Esters and Glycidyl Esters in Baby Food. Constantin Bertoli, Néstle, Switzerland
*Tentative as of 5/2

9 a.m.              Mitigation Strategies for 3-MCPD Esters and Glycidol Esters during Vegetable
                        Oil Refining. Nils Hinrichsen, ADM, Germany

9:20 a.m.         Break

9:40 a.m.         Panel Discussion, Q & A.

Healthy Oils: The New Functional Ingredient?
7:55 a.m.–10 a.m. CST | Livestream

7:55 a.m.         Opening Remarks.

8 a.m.              How New Food Policies and Label Regulations Could Reset Consumer
                        Perception of Oils. Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA

8:25 a.m.         The Latest Nutrition Science Suggests a New Role for Fats and Oils. Cyril Kendall, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
*Tentative as of 5/2

8:50 a.m.         Food Chain Innovations that Address the Latest Consumer and Food Manufacturing Trends. David Dzisiak, Commercial Leader Grains & Oils, Dow AgroSciences, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

9:15 a.m.         Meeting the Challenge of New Consumer Demands. Naina Shah, Global R&D, PepsiCo, USA

9:40 a.m.         Q & A Panel.

Monday May 7th | 10:05 a.m.–12:10 p.m. CST
Concurrent Special Session and Hot Topic Symposium

Awards Session
10:05 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. CST | Livestream

Transformation of a Synthetic Chemist into an Oil Alchemist
Alton E. Bailey Award
Dharma Kodali, University of Minnesota, USA

From Canola to Hempseed Oil: A Long Fat Journey
Stephen S. Chang Award
N. A. Michael Eskin, University of Manitoba, Canada
*Tentative as of 5/2

Dietary Fat Phobia – Dispelling the Myth That All Fats Are Bad
Supelco AOCS Research Award
Alice H. Lichtenstein, Tufts University, USA 
*Tentative as of 5/2

State of the Industry: Navigating a Post-PHO Landscape
10:05 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. CST | Livestream

10:05 a.m.       Opening Remarks. Richard Galloway, QUALISOY, USA

10:10 a.m.       Overview of PHO Alternatives. Robert Collette, Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils, USA

10:30 a.m.       State of the Baking Industry. Joshua Tuinstra, Stratas Foods, LLC, USA

10:50 a.m.       State of the Foodservice Industry. Michael Seidel, Performance Food Group, USA

11:10 a.m.       Effect of Trait-enhanced Oils on the Risk Factors Used to Define Metabolic Syndrome. David Baer, Research Leader, USDA, ARS, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, USA

11:30 a.m.       Panel Discussion, Q & A.

Monday May 7th | 1:55 p.m.–5:00 p.m. CST
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Spectroscopic, Spectrometric and Chemometric Methods for Lipid Analysis
1:55 p.m.–3:20 p.m. CST | Livestream

1:55     Introduction.

2:00     Break

2:20     Vibrational Spectroscopy and Chemometric Procedures for the Rapid Assessment of Olive Oil Authenticity. Magdi Mossoba, Sanjeewa R. Karunathilaka, Cynthia Srigley, Kyungeun Lee, Lea Brückner, and Betsy J. Yakes, US Food and Drug Administration, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

2:40     Automated Multicomponent Phospholipid Analysis using 31P NMR Spectroscopy: Example of Vegetable Lecithin and Krill Oil. Bernd W.K. Diehl and Yulia B. Monakhova, Spectral Service AG, Germany
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:00     Analysis and Detection of Olive Oil Adulteration using Fourier Transform Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Ariel Bohman, Kathryn J. Lawson-Wood, and Robert Packer, PerkinElmer, USA; PerkinElmer, UK
*Tentative as of 5/2

Lipidomic Analysis
3:35 p.m.–5:00 p.m. CST | Livestream

3:35     Introduction.

3:40     Lipidomic Profiling – An Integral Technology for Research and
 Development. Elizaveta Freinkman, Metabolon, Inc., USA

4:00     Break

4:40     A Rapid Non-destructive Method for Determining Quality Parameters of Edible Oils. Kathryn J. Lawson-Wood, Ariel Bohman , and Robert Packer ,  PerkinElmer, UK; PerkinElmer, USA

Processing ABC — Part I
1:55 p.m.–4:20 p.m. CST | Livestream

1:55     Introduction.

2:00     Advancements in Vegetable Oil Extraction and Oil Processing. Mohammad S. Alam, Texas A&M University, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

2:20     Screw Press Technology for Oil Extraction. Eric D. Stibora, Anderson International, USA

2:40     Pilot Plant Concept “EthaNa” for Ethanolic Extraction of Dehulled Canola Seeds. Gunter Börner and Bernd Steinhauer, B+B Engineering GmbH, Germany

3:00     Energy Optimization in Soybean Processing. Mohamed Abid, Solex Thermal Science Inc., Canada
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:20     Oilseed Conditioning and Effects on Extraction. William C. Morphew, Crown Iron Works, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:40     Solvent Extraction Overview. Timothy G. Kemper, Desmet Ballestra, USA

Tuesday May 8th | 7:55 p.m. – Noon CST
Morning Concurrent Sessions

Analysis of Fats and Oils Applying Advanced Lipid Analysis Techniques
7:55 a.m.–10:00 p.m. CST | Livestream

7:55     Introduction.

8:00     Use of Countercurrent Chromatography (CCC) for the Preparative Isolation of Lipid Compounds. Walter Vetter, Marco Müller, Katharina Wasmer, Andrea Goncalves Peca, and Medisa Muric, University of Hohenheim, Germany

8:20     Break

8:40     Comprehensive Dual Liquid Chromatography with Quadruple Mass Spectrometry, LC2MS4, for Jacaranda Mimosifolia Triacylglycerols. William C. Byrdwell, USDA, ARS, BHNRC, FCMDL, USA

9:00     Development of Lipidomics-based Reference Materials and Reference Data for Oils. John A. Bowden, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Marine Biochemical Sciences Group, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

9:20     Break

9:40     The Hybrid Search: A New Mass Spectral Library Search Approach for Compound Classification. Arun S. Moorthy, Brian T. Cooper, William E. Wallace, and Stephen E. Stein, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Olive Oil, including Sensory Analysis
10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. CST | Livestream

10:15   Introduction.

10:20   Contribution of Flavor Compounds to Explain New Sensory Defects in Virgin Olive Oil: The Example of “Frostbitten Olives”. Diego L. García González, Inmaculada Romero, Ramón Aparicio- Ruiz, Noelia Tena, Ana Lobo, María Teresa Morales, and Aparicio Ramón, Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Spain; University of Seville, Spain

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Health Benefits and Dietary Recommendations
11 a.m.–Noon| Livestream

Organized by: The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
CASTMuch scientific and public attention has focused on a group of dietary fatty acids called the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. This attention has developed because of the many potential human health benefits that have been proposed for this class of dietary lipids. This presentation by Donald C. Beitz, Departments of Animal Science and of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, USA, will emphasize the health benefits, food sources, and dietary recommendations of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Dietary Lipids and the Gut Microbiota
7:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. CST | Livestream

7:55     Introduction.

8:00     Effect of Diet on the Gut Microbiota. Joanne Slavin, University of Minnesota, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

8:20     Interaction Between Diets and Gut Commensal Bacteria in the Regulation of Immunological Health and Diseases. Jun Kunisawa, NIBIOHN, Japan

8:40     Role of Bile Acid in Gut Microbiota Alterations in Rats Fed a High-fat Diet. Atsushi Yokota, Masamichi Watanabe, Satoshi Ishizuka, and Satoru Fukiya, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Japan
*Tentative as of 5/2

9:00     Correlation Between Dietary Lipid, Gut Microbiota and Health. Jun Ogawa, Div. Appl. Life Sci., Grad. Sch. Agric., Kyoto University., Japan; Res. Unit Physiol. Chem. Kyoto University, Japan

9:20     Break

10:00   Effects of Fatty Acid Metabolites by a Gut Lactic Acid Bacterium on Lipid Metabolism in NASH Model Mice. Neng Tanty Sofyana, Jiawen Zheng, Yuki Manabe, Yuta Yamamoto, Shigenobu Kishino, Jun Ogawa, and Tatsuya Sugawara, Kyoto University, Japan; Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Wakayama Medical University; Div. Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan; Laboratory of Marine Bioproduct of Technology, Division of Applied Bioscience, Japan

Tuesday May 8th | 2:35 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. CST
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Bioprocessing for New/Value-added Protein Utilization: Digestibility Issues/Analytical Measurements
2:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST | Livestream

2:35     Introduction

2:40     Matrix Effect on the in vitro Immunodetection of Food Allergens. Qinchun Rao, Xingyi Jiang, and Behnam Keshavarz, Florida State University, USA

3:00     Protein Quality Evaluation in Protein Enhanced Formulations Including Those Based on Oilseed Based Proteins. Sneh Bhandari, Merieux Nutrisciences, USA

3:20     Simultaneous Quantification of Hydrolysis Degree, Protein and Mean Weight of Peptides Released during Enzymatic Proteolysis. Sophie Beaubier, Irina Ioannou, Xavier Framboisier, Olivier Galet, and Romain Kapel, LRGP - UMR CNRS 7274, France; Reaction and Process Engineering Laboratory UMR-7274, France; Avril Group, France
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:40     Nutritional Evaluation of Modified Carinata Meals in Finfish. Tom Kasiga and Michael Brown, Dept. of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

Bioprocessing for New/Value-added Protein Utilization: Technologies
4:15 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. CST | Livestream

4:15     Introduction

4:20     Fungal Fermentation of Rapeseed Meal for Better Animal Feed.
            Bo Hu, University of Minnesota, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

4:40     Break

5:20     Production of Proteins from Partially De-oiled Mustard Flour. Levente L. Diosady and Bih King Chen, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada

Effect of New Processing Technologies on Lipid Oxidation
2:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST | Livestream

2:35     Introduction.

2:40     Oxidative Stability of Tomato-based Matrices Enriched with n-3-LC-PUFA Derived from Microalgae. Lore Gheysen, Nele Lagae, Jolien Devaere, Koen Goiris, Luc De Cooman, and Imogen Foubert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kulak, Belgium; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Technology Campus Ghent, Belgium
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:00     Oxidation and Hydrolysis of Lipids in Marine Edible Shellfishes During Hot Drying Process. Dayong Zhou, Zhongyuan Liu, Kaiqi Gang, Fereidoon Shahidi, and Tong Wang, Dalian Polytechnic University, China; College of Food Science & Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, China; School of Food Science and Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, China; Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; Iowa State University, USA

3:20     Effect of SprayDried Flavonoid Microparticles on Oxidative Stability of Methyl Linoleate as Lipid Model System. Manuel J. Palma, Gloria Márquez-Ruiz, Paula García, Francisca Holgado, Cristina Vergara, Begoña Giménez, and Paz S. Robert, Universidad de Chile, Chile; Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos y Nutrición (ICTAN-CSIC), Spain; Departamento de Ciencia de los Alimentos y Tecnología Química, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad de Chile, Chile; Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos y Nutrición (ICTAN-CSIC); Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de los Alimentos, Facultad Tecnológica, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile; Universidad de Chile, Chile

3:40     The Impact of Diacylglycerol on Association Colloids Formation and Lipid Oxidation. Mizue Ouchi, Eric A. Decker, and D. Julian McClements, Kao Corporation, Japan; University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

Manufacture and Stabilization of W/O and O/W Emulsions for Optimal Shelf-life
4:15 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. CST | Livestream

4:15     Introduction

4:20     Stability and Functionality of Colloidosomes as Delivery Systems for Small Molecules. Umut Yucel, Kansas State University, USA

4:40     Impact of Phospholipids and Tocopherols on the Oxidative Stability of Soybean Oil-in-Water Emulsions. Gautam Samdani, D. Julian McClements, and Eric A. Decker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

5:00     Effect of Droplet Size and Interfacial Crystallization on the Rheology of Fat Crystal-stabilized Water-in-Oil Emulsions. Dérick Rousseau and Ruby R. Rafanan, Ryerson University, Canada
*Tentative as of 5/2

5:20     Label Friendly EDTA Alternative for Oxidative Stability Improvement in Food Emulsions. Lan Ban, Yvonne Gildemaster, and Joan Randall, Kemin Food Technologies, USA

Wednesday May 9th | 7:55 p.m. – Noon CST
Morning Concurrent Sessions

Trace Contaminants, including Processing Contaminants
7:55 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. CST | Livestream

7:55     Introduction.

8:00     Comparison of Analytical Methodologies for the Analysis of
Bound MCPD and Glycidol in Edible Oils and Infant Formula.
Jessica K. Beekman, Kaitlin Grassi, Shaun MacMahon, Jan Kuhlmann, Adam Becalski, Greg Jaudzems, and Fabien Robert, US Food and Drug Administration, USA; SGS Germany GmbH, Germany; Health Canada, Canada; Nestle Quality Assurance Center, USA

8:20     Break

8:40     Recent Status of EU-regulation on 3-MCPD and Glycidol in Oils/ Fats, Infant Formulae and Analytical Solutions Available. Jan Kuhlmann, SGS Germany GmbH, Germany

9:00     Break

10:00   The Importance of Aligning Analytical Limits with Health-based Guidance Values: Process-formed Compounds Case Study. Paul R. Hanlon, Abbott Nutrition, USA

10:40   Healthy but also Flavorful Food: Mitigation Strategies for Foodborne Toxicants Combined with Sensory Properties Accepted by Consumers. Michael Granvogl, Technical University of Munich, Germany
*Tentative as of 5/2

11:00   MOSH/MOAH and Plasticizers: Status quo of Analysis and Activities of the Authorities in the EU. Jan Kuhlmann, SGS Germany GmbH, Germany

11:20   Immuno Magnetic Solid Phase Extraction Combined with Cleanup to Determine Aflatoxin B1 in Vegetable Oils. Hongshun Yang and Xi Yu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
*Tentative as of 5/2

Pulse Proteins
7:55 a.m. – Noon CST | Livestream

7:55     Introduction.

8:00     Global Market Trends for New Pulse Product Development. Tanya Der, Pulse Canada, Canada
*Tentative as of 5/2

8:20     Cropping Location and Year Affect Protein Content and Amino Acid Score of Different Lentil Varieties. Matthew G. Nosworthy, Jason Neufeld, Tom Warkentin, and James D. House, University of Manitoba, Canada; Crop Development Centre/Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

8:40     Break
9:00     Functional and Sensory Characterization of Pre-treated Yellow- Eyed Beans. Marcia English, Saint Francis Xavier University, Canada

9:20     Pulse Ingredients as an Alternative to Soy in the Production of Meat Analog via High Moisture Extrusion Cooking. Jenni Harrington, Buhler Inc., USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

9:40     Break

10:20   Wet Fractionation of Lentil and Faba Bean for Protein Ingredient Production: Effect of Processing Factors on Ingredient Quality and Functionality. Anusha Samaranayaka, Rick Green, Michael Nickerson, and Shannon Hood-Niefer, 1POS Bio-Sciences, Canada; University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc., Canada

10:40   Nanoparticles Prepared from Desolvation of Pea Protein Concentrates as a Potential Stabilizer for Pickering Emulsions. Chi Diem Doan and Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

11:00   Effect of the Carriers on the Microstructure and Functionality of Spray Dried Pea Protein Isolate. Yang Lan and Jiajia Rao, North Dakota State University, USA

11:20   Break

11:40   Panel Discussion: Current Trends and Future Direction of Pulse Research and Development.

Wednesday May 9th | 1:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Marine Oils and Other Products
1:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST | Livestream

1:55     Introduction.

2:00     Oxidative Status and Nutrient Label Claim Accuracy of the Top 50 Selling Omega-3 Products in the US. Adam Ismail, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, USA

2:20     Break

2:40     An Examination of Marine and Vegetable Oil Oxidation Data from a Multi-Year, Third-Party Database. Anna A. De Boer, Adam Ismail, Keri Marshall, Gerard Bannenberg1, Kevin L. Yan, and William J. Rowe, Nutrasource, Canada; Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, USA; DSM Nutritional Products, USA

3:00     Chemical Changes During the Acute Oxidations of Fish Oils. Austin S. Phung, Selina C. Wang, Adam Ismail, Gerar Bannenberg, and Ameer Taha, University of California-Davis, Olive Center, USA; Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, USA; University of California, Davis, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

3:20     Break

4:00     Analysis of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) in Phospholipid Oils: A Design of Experiment Approach for Method Optimization. Cynthia Srigley and Isa C. Orr-Tokle, US Food and Drug Administration, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

4:20     Evaluation of an Ultra Inert WAX-phase Column for the Analysis of Fatty Acids and FAMEs. Gustavo Serrano Izaguire, Allen Vickers, Yun Zou, and Daron Decker, Agilent, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

4:40     Trans-fat Determination by Gas Chromatography Vacuum Ultraviolet Detection. Jonathan Smuts and Barbara A. Mitchell, 1VUV Analytics, USA; Covance Labs, Inc., USA

Surfactant Synthesis and Fundamental Properties
1:55 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. CST | Livestream

1:55     Introduction.

2:00     Alkyldimethyl Amine Oxides – Determination of pKa and Elucidation of Micelle Structure with FT-IR Spectroscopy. David Scheuing, Clorox, USA

2:40     Break

3:00     Solving a Hard Problem: Oleofuran Surfactants for Hundredfold Improved Hard Water Stability. Christoph Krumm, Kristeen Joseph, Dae Sung Park, and Paul J. Dauenhauer, Sironix Renewables, USA; University of Minnesota, USA

3:20     Break

3:40     Low Foaming Nonionic Surfactants with High Bio-Based Content. Scott Jaynes, Croda, Inc., USA

4:00     Break

4:20     Foam Properties of Alcohol Ethoxylates, Ether Sulfates and Ether Carboxylates. Tamra Weemes, Thu Nguyen, and Jamie Thibodeaux, Sasol Performance Chemicals, USA
*Tentative as of 5/2

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AOCS Annual Meeting - Know before you go!

The registration desk at the Minneapolis Convention Center opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 6. Visit us in Hall B to pick up everything you need for the Annual Meeting before joining us for the Welcome Plenary Session featuring the ISF Kaufmann Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. in Room 200 C.

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To keep your registration costs down, AOCS will not be providing a conference bag at this year's Annual Meeting. If you need a shoulder bag to hold your printed program or other meeting materials, please bring your own bag to Minneapolis.

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Generally, highs in the lower 70s°F with lows in the lower 50s°F. A mix of sun and clouds with a chance of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday. Check the latest forecast when packing.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

David Firestone Obituary

On Thursday, December 28, 2017, DAVID FIRESTONE, Ph.D., of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of 71-1/2 years of Bertha "Berdie" Firestone. Devoted father of Richard (Cai-Yen) and Michael (Lisa) Firestone and Janice (Michael) Grillo. Dear brother of the late Bernard (surviving wife, Dell) Feierstein. Loving grandfather of Mei (Adam) Perino, Joshua (Halley), Jilian, Zachary and Adam Firestone and Gregory and Kevin (Erica) Letow. Cherished great-grandfather of Juliana. Dr. Firestone was president of several important scientific societies including American Oil Chemist Society, Association of Official Agricultural Chemists and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Judean Memorial Gardens Chapel, Olney, MD. Interment followed. Shiva will be observed at the home of Janice and Michael Grillo on Sunday at 4 p.m. with service at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Social Service Agency Hospice or to the charity of your choice.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nicholas Pelick Obituary

Nicholas Pelick January 6, 1933 April 7, 2018 Nicholas Pelick, 85, of Zion, entered Heaven's Gates on Saturday, April 7, surrounded by his loving daughter, Daria; son-in-law, Rudy; grandson, Nicholas; and dear friends, KC, Beth, and Buck. 

He was born in Scranton on January 6, 1933, to the late John and Helen (Praska) Pelick. He was preceded in death in 2017 by his wife of 63 years, Gelsa "Dolly"; brother, John Pelick; and sister, Olga Tomacick. Nick is survived by two daughters, Daria L. Pelick (PSU AG 1980) and her husband, Robert H. "Rudy" Rudloff, of Zion and Pamela Roy, of Purcelville, Va.; two grandchildren, Nicholas Pelick-Rudloff (PSU SRA 2014) and Rebecca Roy; two sisters, Ann Smorey and Marion Figula; and brother, George Pelick.

 Nick attended Penn State Hazelton for two years and joined the ROTC program. He left school to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force. In 1960, he completed his BS in Agriculture and Biological Chemistry at Penn State Main Campus. In 1964, Nick earned his MS in Biochemistry at Penn State. In 1966, he partnered with Walter Supina to form Supelco in Bellefonte. Supelco developed and produced analytical products for gas chromatography and lipid biochemicals for medical research and standardization. The company grew to include overseas facilities and employed over 500 people worldwide. In 1986, Supelco was sold to Rohm & Haas Company of Philadelphia. 

Nick and Dolly took great pride in their longstanding involvement with Penn State and the Eberly College of Science; their endowments and scholarships in the college, and the Nicholas & Gelsa Family Chair. Nick served as an emeritus director of the Penn State Research Foundation Board; as a presidential counselor, advising the University on philanthropic issues; as chair of the college's component of Grand Destiny campaign; and as President of the College's Alumni Society Board. 

The Pelick's were Bryce Jordan Center Founders Club contributors, supported Pennsylvania Center Stage, WPSU, and Intercollegiate Athletics. 

Nick earned numerous awards and positions of distinction: the A Richard Baldwin Distinguished Service Award Alumni Fellow award in 1988; Alumni Fellow Award in 1991; Nick served as President of The American Oil Chemists' Society; and as President and CEO of Supelco; and Honorary Life Time Member of the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce, President and lifelong member of the Bellefonte Kiwanis. Nick was the founder of Queen's Three Quarter horse Farm in Zion and owned the Nittany Valley True Value Hardware and Storage Center in Zion. 

Nick was the quintessential gentleman, husband, father, grandfather and philanthropist and will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to be part of his remarkable journey. 

The Pelick's were members of St John the Evangelist-Roman Catholic Church, Bellefonte. 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Penn State Eberly College of Science, through The Office of Annual Giving, 2583 Gateway Drive, Suite 200, State College, PA 16801, or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or School, 134 Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823. 

A celebration of life will be announced later this summer at the family's convenience. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bayer's Acquisition of Monsanto Approved by the European Commission

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties' overlaps in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture.

  • March 21, 2018 European Commission Press Release, titled "Mergers: Commission clears Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto, subject to conditions", posted at 

  • A March 21, 2018 Reuters news story, titled "Bayer wins EU approval for $62.5 billion Monsanto buy", is posted at 

  • A March 21, 2018 Reuters news story, titled "U.S. says it is still reviewing Bayer's planned Monsanto acquisition", is posted at

  • The September 14, 2016 Bayer and Monsanto Press Release, titled "Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture", is posted at 

  • Additional information about the proposed merger is available at 

  • Information about Bayer is available at 

  • Information about Monsanto is available at 

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "We have approved Bayer's plans to take over Monsanto because the parties' remedies, worth well over €6 billion, meet our competition concerns in full. Our decision ensures that there will be effective competition and innovation in seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture markets also after this merger.

In particular, we have made sure that the number of global players actively competing in these markets stays the same. That is important because we need competition to ensure farmers have a choice of different seed varieties and pesticides at affordable prices. And we need competition to push companies to innovate in digital agriculture and to continue to develop new products that meet the high regulatory standards in Europe, to the benefit of all Europeans and the environment."

Today's decision follows an in-depth review of Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto. Monsanto is the world's largest supplier of seeds, which generates most of its sales in the US and Latin America. Monsanto also sells glyphosate, which is the most used pesticide worldwide to control weeds. Bayer is the second largest supplier of pesticides worldwide, with a stronger focus in Europe. It is also an important globally active seeds supplier for a number of crops. The transaction creates the largest global integrated seed and pesticide player.

As part of its in-depth investigation, the Commission has assessed more than 2,000 different product markets and reviewed 2.7 million internal documents. It concluded that the transaction as notified would have significantly reduced competition on price and innovation in Europe and globally on a number of different markets. The Commission also had concerns that it would have strengthened Monsanto's dominant position on certain markets, where Bayer is an important challenger of Monsanto.

The commitments submitted by Bayer address these competition concerns in full:

* They remove all of the parties' existing overlaps in seed and pesticide markets, where concerns were raised, by divesting the relevant Bayer businesses and assets.

* They cover Bayer's global R&D organisation for seeds and traits as well as Bayer's research activities to develop a challenger product to Monsanto's glyphosate. They also cover certain Monsanto assets, which in future would have competed with a Bayer seed treatment against nematode worms.

* Finally, Bayer has committed to grant a licence to its entire global digital agriculture product portfolio and pipeline products to ensure continued competition on this emerging market.

On this basis, the Commission concluded that the divestment package enables a suitable buyer to sustainably replace Bayer's competitive effect in these markets and continue to innovate, for the benefit of European farmers and consumers.

Bayer has proposed BASF as purchaser for the remedy package. The Commission's assessment is ongoing whether a) the divestiture to BASF meets all purchaser requirements, and b) whether it creates any problematic overlaps or raises other competition concerns (see further below).

Bayer and Monsanto can only implement the transaction when the Commission has completed its review of the proposed buyer.

The Bayer/Monsanto transaction is the third in a row in the seeds and pesticides sector. In line with its case practice, the Commission assesses transactions taking place in the same industry according to the so-called "priority rule" - first come, first served. The assessment of the merger between Bayer and Monsanto has been based on the market situation following the Dow/DuPont merger and the ChemChina/Syngenta merger, taking the remedies in both cases into account.

When it comes to seeds and pesticides there are of course other vital concerns that go beyond competition policy, including consumer protection, food safety and ensuring the highest standards for the environment and the climate. The strict national and European regulatory standards on these matters will remain just as strict after this merger as before it and continue to apply (see further below).

The Commission's competition concerns

The Commission's in-depth investigation identified the following competition concerns:

a) Seeds and traits
Seeds are arguably the most important input for farmers, who need a choice of seed varieties that bring high yields in the soil and climate that the crop is cultivated in. Monsanto is the largest supplier of seeds in the world. Bayer is a comparatively smaller player, active in selected crops, but it has extensive research & development (R&D) activities. In Europe, Bayer and Monsanto compete in the supply of vegetable seeds, oilseed rape seeds and cotton seeds, and Bayer has generally been an active and important challenger to Monsanto.

The parties also compete in genetically-modified (GM) and non-GM traits. Traits are modifications to the genome of a seed that make the seed tolerant to certain herbicides or resistant to pests. Traits can be found in nature (native traits) or created with the help of biotechnological tools. They qualify as GM or non-GM traits depending on the biotechnology used to bring the trait into the seed. The trend in the industry goes towards the sale of seeds, which contain several 'stacked' trait combinations.

Vegetable seeds

Monsanto is globally the largest supplier of vegetable seeds with its Seminis and De Ruiter brands, and Bayer is currently the fourth largest player in the sector, with its Nunhem's brand. The Commission concluded that the transaction as notified would have eliminated important head-to-head competition in several markets for particular vegetable seeds, where few alternatives were available to farmers.

Broadacre seeds
Broadacre seeds cover all seed crops that are cultivated on large plots of lands, such as corn, soy, wheat, oilseed rape, cotton seeds.

The activities of Bayer and Monsanto overlap in Europe in two crops namely oilseed rape and cotton seeds. The Commission had concerns that:

* Oilseed rape seeds: the transaction as notified would have eliminated competition in Europe between the largest supplier in Europe Monsanto and the largest supplier globally, Bayer, which is currently expanding into Europe.

* Cotton seeds: the transaction as notified would have eliminated competition in the licensing of cotton seeds in Europe.

Broadacre traits
Monsanto is the dominant player in the global trait business with its "Round Up Ready" trait stack families. Bayer with its "Liberty Link" trait stack families is an important and active competitor.
While many GM traits are not allowed for cultivation in Europe, the Commission has investigated the effects of the merger on the global market for the licensing of traits and trait stacks where Bayer and other European players such as BASF, Limagrain, KWS or Syngenta are active as licensors or licensees and directly affected by the merger.

The Commission found that the transaction as notified would have:

* eliminated competition between "Liberty Link" trait stack families (Bayer) and "Round Up Ready" trait stack families (Monsanto);

* eliminated innovation competition on GM and non-GM traits conferring herbicide tolerance or insect resistance; and

* strengthened Monsanto's dominance in traits conferring herbicide tolerance or insect resistance.

b) Pesticides
Pesticides are products used in agriculture to control pests that can harm crops. Herbicides are pesticides that control weeds.

The Commission found that the transaction as notified would have:

* eliminated competition in non-selective herbicides for agricultural and non-agricultural uses between Bayer's glufosinate (under its ‘Liberty' and ‘Basta' brands) and Monsanto's glyphosate (under its ‘Round-up' brand); and

* eliminated innovation competition in herbicides and herbicide systems (i.e. herbicide combined with a trait conferring herbicide tolerance to a crop).

The Commission also found that the transaction as notified would have eliminated potential competition in seed treatment to protect against nematode worms between Bayer's and Monsanto's future products (called Nemastrike).

c) Digital agriculture
Digital agriculture uses public data such as satellite pictures and weather data as well as private data collected from farmers' fields. It applies agronomic knowledge and algorithms to that data to recommend to farmers how to best manage their fields. For example, how many seeds to use, and on how much and when to use pesticide and fertiliser. This makes digital agriculture important, not only to farmers but also to the environment.

The transaction as notified would have resulted in the loss of potential competition in Europe between Bayer's recently launched Xarvio offering and Monsanto's FieldView platform, the leading platform worldwide, which is about to be launched in Europe.

d) Initial competition concerns not confirmed by the in-depth investigation
Finally, the Commission also looked into the effect of the proposed transaction on innovation in biological pesticides and bee health, and investigated whether the merged entity would have had the ability to exclude competitors from the market through bundling of seeds and pesticides products at distributor level or at grower level. However, the in-depth investigation did not confirm any of these concerns

The commitments

Bayer offered a set of commitments that fully address the Commission's competition concerns.

a) Vegetable seeds
Bayer has committed to divest its entire vegetable seed business, including its R&D organisation, to a suitable buyer currently not active in vegetable seeds. This would allow the buyer to replicate the competitive constraint previously exercised by Bayer on Monsanto and ensure that the number of global vegetable seeds R&D players remained the same.

b) Broadacre seeds and traits
Bayer has committed to divest to BASF almost the entirety of its global broadacre seeds and trait business, including its R&D organisation. The divestiture would include Bayer's seed activities, not only in oilseed rape and cotton where Bayer's activities overlap with Monsanto in Europe, but also in soybean and wheat, which are important globally and will ensure the viability and competitiveness of the divested business. It would also include Bayer's entire trait business, including its R&D on GM and non-GM traits.

The divestiture of the seeds and trait business to BASF, which is currently not selling seeds, would remove all the horizontal overlaps between the parties It would also ensure that the current number of global integrated traits players remained the same at four players (with DowDuPont and Syngenta) and ensure that the current number of global broadacre seeds players remained at six (with DowDuPont, Syngenta, KWS and Limagrain).

c) Pesticides
Bayer has committed to divest to BASF its glufosinate assets and three important lines of research for non-selective herbicides. This research forms part of the race to find challenger products for glyphosate. The divested assets would enable BASF, which is currently not selling non-selective herbicides, to replicate the competitive constraint previously exercised by Bayer on Monsanto both in herbicides and in herbicide systems.

To address the Commission's concerns in seed treatments to protect against nematode worms, the parties have also committed to divest to BASF Monsanto's nematode seed treatment assets (Nemastrike). This would enable BASF to replicate the competitive constraint, which Monsanto would have exerted on Bayer absent the merger.

d) Digital agriculture
Bayer has committed to licence a copy of its worldwide current offering and pipeline on digital agriculture to BASF, maintaining competition by allowing BASF to replicate Bayer's position in digital agriculture in the European Economic Area (EEA). This will ensure that the race to become a leading supplier in Europe in this emerging field remains open.

Divestiture to BASF

Bayer proposed in the commitments BASF as the purchaser of the main part of the remedy package comprising broadacre seeds and traits, pesticides and digital agriculture activities.

At first sight, BASF appears to be a suitable buyer because the fact that BASF does not currently sell seeds or non-selective herbicides means there are limited horizontal overlaps in these areas. Furthermore, BASF owns a complementary global pesticide business and it has the necessary financial strength to compete. A market test of competitors and customers was largely positive about the suitability of BASF as a purchaser.

However, Bayer and BASF need to provide further evidence to the Commission on BASF's ability and incentives to run and develop the divested business in order to replicate Bayer as an active competitor of the merged entity, and on possible overlaps in particular in trait and herbicide research.

The outcome of this investigation cannot be prejudged at this stage. Bayer can only implement the acquisition of Monsanto once the Commission has formally assessed and approved the finalised divestiture of the package of assets to BASF.
For vegetable seeds, the commitments did not name a buyer. In the meantime, Bayer has also proposed BASF as a buyer for this part of the remedy. This part of the remedy also requires a purchaser approval.

The divestiture to BASF of the two packages triggered in the meantime a separate and parallel merger notification, the outcome of which can also not be prejudged.

International Cooperation

The Commission has cooperated very closely with a number of competition authorities on this case, including among others the US Department of Justice as well as among others the Australian, Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Indian and South African competition authorities.

Concerns in addition to competition concerns
During its investigation, the Commission has been petitioned through emails, postcards, letters and tweets expressing concerns about the proposed acquisition. The Commission's mandate under the European merger control rules is to assess the merger solely from a competition perspective. This assessment must be impartial and is subject to the scrutiny of the European Courts.

Other concerns raised by the petitioners relate to European and national rules to protect food safety, consumers, the environment and the climate. While these concerns are of great importance, they cannot form the basis of a merger assessment. Please also see Commissioner Vestager's response to the petitions published in August 2017 ( ).

Companies and products

Bayer, headquartered in Germany, is a diversified pharmaceuticals, consumer health, agriculture (Bayer Crop Science) and animal health company. This transaction mainly concerns the Bayer Crop Science division. Bayer Crop Science operates three business segments: (i) Crop Protection (i.e. pesticides); (ii) Seeds and Traits; and (iii) Environmental Science. Bayer is also active in developing and providing digital agriculture services.

Monsanto, headquartered in the US, is an agriculture company which produces seeds for broad acre crops, fruits and vegetables as well as plant biotechnology traits. It also supplies pesticide products, including the glyphosate herbicide under the “Roundup” brand, and other herbicides for agricultural and non-agricultural use. Additionally, Monsanto is involved in research on biological agriculture and provides farmers with digital agriculture services under the 'Field View' brand through its 'Climate
Corporation' business.

Merger control rules and procedure

The Commission has the duty to assess mergers and acquisitions involving companies with a turnover above certain thresholds (see Article 1 of the Merger Regulation - ) and to prevent concentrations that would significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

The vast majority of notified mergers do not pose competition problems and are cleared after a routine review. From the moment a transaction is notified, the Commission generally has 25 working days to decide whether to grant approval (Phase I) or to start an in-depth investigation (Phase II).
There are currently three on-going phase II merger investigations: the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde ( ),the proposed acquisition of Cristal by Tronox ( ), and the proposed acquisition of Ilva by ArcelorMittal ( ).

More information will be available on the competition website

( ), in the Commission's public case register ( ) under the case number M.8084 ( ).

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Election Results 2018-2019 AOCS Governing Board

The election results are in! Congratulations and thank you to those elected to the AOCS Governing Board.

Governing Board members volunteer their time, experience and knowledge to influence and improve the Society.

Members of the Executive Committee
Len Sidisky, President
Eric Decker, Vice President
Doug Bibus, Treasurer (2nd term exp. 5/19)
Phil Kerr, Secretary (1st term exp, 5/20)
Neil Widlak, Past President

At-Large Members
Gerard Baillely (2nd term exp. 5/20)
Leon Pablo Espinosa (1st term exp. 5/20)
Greg Hatfield (1st term exp. 5/20)
Doug Hayes (1st term exp. 5/19)
Silvana Martini (1st term exp. 5/20)
Grant Mitchell (2nd term exp. 5/20)
Magdi Mossoba (2nd term exp. 5/20)
Dilip Nakhasi (2nd term exp. 5/20)
Tony O’Lenick (1st term exp. 5/19)
George Smith (2nd term exp. 5/19)

To find out more about AOCS Governance please visit

Interested in volunteering your time to shape the future of AOCS? Visit or contact Janet Brown at

Call For Participant Labs - Collaborative Trial for Determination of Phthalate Residues in Oils and Fats

At its last meeting, the members of ISO/ TC34/SC11 adopted Resolution 550/17 concerning the determination of phthalate residues in oils and fats.  Members agreed that the French and Australian methods would be harmonized and that this method would be used for a collaborative trial.  AOCS has been asked to coordinate the US participation in the trial. The project leader for this work is M Watiez (AFNOR).  The samples for this trial have been carefully chosen and information concerning all precautions to prevent contamination will be given.

The samples will comprise:

- 3 samples of refined sunflower oil (1 unspiked and 2 spiked);
- 1 olive oil;
- 1 walnut oil;
- possibly a second olive oil field sample containing DEHP.

There will be one training sample of refined rapeseed oil with a known amount of phthalates.

It is proposed to send out all the samples at the beginning of March 2018 with the results for 1 blank trial (DEHP method and/or 8 phthalate method) and for the training sample to be returned by mid-May 2018.The results for 1 blank trial and for the rest of the samples (6 samples) should be returned by mid-June 2018.

Members are asked to provide the names and contact details of analytical chemists within their countries who wish to participate in this collaborative trial.  The attached method together with the list of analytes is attached for potential participating labs.

If your lab would like to participate and is within the USA, please send the complete contact information to myself at, with the subject line "Determination of Phthalate Residues in Oils and Fats".  Please submit your contact information ASAP for consideration.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

JAOCS article of the month: E-tongue discrimination of monovarietal olive oils

“Simple and cost-effective techniques for evaluating physicochemical and sensory attributes of olive oil for traceability, authenticity, adulteration and legal purposes are needed,” says Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS) Editor-in-Chief James Kenar. In Kenar’s choice for JAOCS article of the month, António M. Peres at the Instituto Politécnico de Bragnaça, in Portugal, and colleagues have coupled a potentiometric electronic tongue with chemometric analyses to discriminate the geographical origin, olive cultivar and quality grade of monovarietal Tunisian olive oils from nearby regions experiencing similar climatic and agroecological factors. The results show good sensitivity and demonstrate this technology as a possible strategy for olive oil analysis. The article is available for free download through April 20.