Friday, May 25, 2012

News and Notes for Friday May 25, 2012

'Sin taxes' must raise food prices by 20% for any effect, argue experts order to have any effect on population health, fat taxes must raise food prices by 20% and should be combined with subsidies on healthy foods, say UK-based experts. However industry leaders have branded the calls as ‘irresponsible.’ Read more.

Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference
This conference examines new supply chain developments and business models being adopted for bringing biobased chemicals products to market. Topics covered include novel chemical production platforms, advantageous feedstock, end user applications, securing funding and strategic partnerships, and the trends and challenges in commercial scale up.  The keynote speaker is Carsten Sieden, Senior Vice President of Fine Chemicals & Biocatalysis Research at BASF. Find out more.

Cargill in new approach to buy Goodman Fielder 
Reuters--Commodities firm Cargill is looking to buy Goodman Fielder's edible fats and oils business, reviving a deal that Australia's competition watchdog rejected two years ago. Read more.

Specialty soybean varieties for niche markets soybean producers looking to diversify with a specialty crop may not have to look very far. One of the state's main specialty crops is soybeans for niche markets. Arkansas has the potential to be the major source of non-GMO (not genetically modified) soybean seed, beans and products in the United States. Read more.

U.S. Federal Regulators Initiate Research Studies into Risks of, which has widespread applications in various spheres such as electronics, food, health care products, personal products, pharmaceutical products and textiles has come under the scanner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which has planned to launch a series of studies into the possible risks involved in nanotechnology.  Read more.


Hill honored by U of I ACES Alumni Association E. Hill (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’92 in food science) of Prospect Heights, Ill., was presented with an Award of Merit by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Alumni Association. Read more. 

Institute for Food Safety & Health -New AOCS Corporate Member
AOCS welcomes the Institute for Food Safety & Health as  

Award Winning Journal Articles Available FREE
The journal articles receiving 'Best Paper Awards' at the 2012 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo are now available free via SpringerLink until the end of May.

Abstract Alerts

Omega-3 fatty acids cause dramatic changes in TLR4 and purinergic eicosanoid signaling   
Paul C. Norris and Edward A. Dennis. PNAS 2012 ; published ahead of print May 14, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1200189109. Read the abstract.

Imbibition of Soybean Seeds in Warm Water Results in the Release of Copious Amounts of Bowman–Birk Protease Inhibitor, a Putative Anticarcinogenic Agent
Manoj H. Palavalli, Savithiry S. Natarajan, Thomas T. Y. Wang, and Hari B. Krishnan
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2012 60 (12), 3135-3143. Read the abstract.

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