Friday, October 12, 2012

News and Notes for Friday October 12, 20012

FDA on registration for food facilities
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has missed another deadline in implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act: Biennial registration renewal for food facilities was to begin on October 1, 2012. Per the agency, “please check FDA’s website at a later date or sign up for FSMA updates to be informed when [registration] becomes available.” An FDA spokesperson told inform that the agency is considering extending the December 31, 2012, deadline so firms have the same amount of time they were originally allotted

EFSA finds GM-study of insufficient quality
The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that a recent paper raising concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize NK603 and of a herbicide containing glyphosate is of insufficient scientific quality to be considered valid for risk assessment. Read more from Process Management.

New Link Between High-Fat Diet and Atherosclerosis Identified
Diets high in saturated fat increase levels of endothelial lipase (EL), an enzyme linked to atherosclerosis, while diets rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats reduce levels of the same enzyme, according to a recent study conducted on mice which was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Read more from Medical News Daily. 

Food Allergen Environmental Monitoring Guide
Eurofins has published a comprehensive guide to understanding and implementing a successful Food Allergen Environmental Monitoring Plan.  Download the white paper.

The Greening of BASF
The world’s largest chemical company is announcing biobased initiatives left and right. Where’s the heat coming from – and who is securing a seat in BASF’s kitchen? Read more from Biobased Digest.

BASF and CSM JV to produce bio-based succinic acid for packaging
BASF and Purac, a subsidiary of CSM, have created a joint venture (JV) to produce succinic acid for packaging that will be operational next year. Read more from Food Production Daily.

RFP Request- Breeding or Genetic Modification Techniques for Microalgae
NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer, seeks research and development partners who have breeding methods or genetic modification techniques for microalgae, in order to improve the oil productivity of the microalgae strains owned by the client. Find out more.

Definition of Heating Oil in the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Program
EPA has issued a Direct Final Rule to "... expand the scope of renewable fuels that can generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as heating oil to include fuel oil produced from qualifying renewable biomass that will be used to generate heat to warm buildings or other facilities where people live, work, recreate, or conduct other activities. Fuel oils used to generate process heat, power, or other functions will not be included in the amended definition ... This amendment will not modify or limit fuel included in the current definition of heating oil. EPA is also amending the requirements under EPA's diesel sulfur program related to the sulfur content of locomotive and marine diesel fuel produced by transmix processors ..."  The October 9, 2012 EPA Federal Register Direct Final Rule is posted at Information about the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program is posted at

Call for Papers

XV Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats and Oils
Themed Chile and a World of Oils, this congress will cover important and timely topics in the fats and oils industries especially chosen to enhance attendees' business knowledge of today's market. Submission deadline: 4 January 2013. Full submission guidelines available at: 

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is the premier global science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials. Submission deadline October 15, 2012. Full submission guidelines.
  • Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems is Sought by the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). View the job posting. 
  • Chair for the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. View the job posting (Type "Dept Chair/Head" into Keywords search box under "Basic Job Search" and look up Job ID 11889)

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