Wednesday, July 18, 2012

News and Notes for Wednesday July 18, 2012

Top palm oil producer Indonesia wants to be more refined
The world's No. 1 producer of the edible oil is seeing a more than $2.5 billion wave of investment to build a refining industry that will double its capacity and mean it could supply the entire needs of Asia's top food consumers - India and China. Read more at

Oil Crops Outlook
USDA ERS has released its latest monthly report which examines supply, use, prices, and trade for oil crops (primarily soybeans and products), including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. The  USDA ERS Oil Crops Outlook report is posted at (Specifically at ). The USDA ERS Oil Crops Yearbook and Data is at .

Guidelines on Best Practices in Risk Communications Related to Food Safety in Europe
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and national food safety organizations in Europe have developed guidelines to "... provide a framework to assist decision-making about appropriate communications approaches in a wide variety of situations that can occur when assessing and communicating on risks related to food safety in Europe. " The  EFSA Press Release is posted at

"Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S." is the title of a July 12, 2012 USDA Economic Research Service report which " ... summarizes the adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since their introduction in 1996 ..."
  • ERS notes that " ... While many people are interested in information about the global GE acreage, USDA does not collect these data. Estimates are produced by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and can be found in the report, Global Status of Commercialized Transgenic Crops: 2012 at
The International Olive Council has released its June 2012 market report
Find it here.

Abstract Alerts 

Oral Supplementation with Dihomo-γ-Linolenic Acid (DGLA)-Enriched Oil Increases Serum DGLA Content in Healthy Adults
Takao Tanaka, Saki Kakutani, Chika Horikawa, Hiroshi Kawashima and Yoshinobu Kiso. Lipids, 2012, Volume 47, Number 6, Pages 643-646. Read the abstract.

Determination of Unsaponifiable Constituents of Deodorizer Distillates by GC–MS
Saba Naz, S. T. H. Sherazi, Farah N. Talpur, M. Younis Talpur and Huseyin Kara. Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. Volume 89, Number 6 (2012), 973-977. Read the abstract.


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