Friday, October 19, 2012

News and Notes for Friday October 19, 2012

Food industry continues to make trans-fat reduction progress: Survey
Efforts to reduce the trans-fat content of processed food are working to reduce national consumption levels, but some sections are still consuming high levels of the fats, says new survey data. Read more from Food Navigator.

Food Marketing to Children - Workshop and Webcast
The Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention of the Institute of Medicine, a unit of the National Academies, has scheduled a public webcast workshop for November 5, 2012 in Washington, DC, titled "New Challenges and Opportunities in Food Marketing to Children and Youth" which is intended to "... explore new challenges and opportunities for action on food and beverage marketing that targets children and youth".  Information about the workshop

Choosing and Applying Lubricants in Food Processing Plants
New additives and base stocks improve their performance. Read more from

Do regulations kill innovation?
Over the past decennia we have made things easy for our selves by time and time again creating new regulations about what’s not allowed to do in a feedmill (ie. European Feed and Food Hygienecode(2004), Trustfeed, GMP+, etc.) Read more from AllAboutFeed.

Evolving microbes help turn bio-oil into advanced biofuels 
Microbes are working away in an Iowa State University laboratory to ferment biofuels from the sugar and acetate produced by rapidly heating biomass such as corn stalks and sawdust. Read more from R & D.

European Union Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuel Production
The European Commission, the bloc's regulatory arm in Brussels, proposed today that first-generation biofuels made from crops such as sugar, starch or vegetable oils provide 5 percent of the EU target for transport fuel.  Read more from Businessweek.

Malvern Instruments uses Rheology to Investigate Polymer Biodegradability
New data from Malvern Instruments demonstrate how rheological methods can be used to investigate the speed at which biopolymers, such as polylactic acid (PLA), whose low environmental impact is a defining feature, will biodegrade and compost within landfill. The work is presented in a webinar entitled ‘Using rheology to assess the biodegradability and compostability of polylactic acid’ and is freely available for download from the Malvern website


The Clorox Company in California is looking for a Business Connection Leader. View the job posting.  


Projects Promoting Self-Sufficiency and Food Security in Low-Income Communities 
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting grant funding applications.  The USDA NIFA Grant Funding Announcement is posted here and the 2013 Request for Applications is available at  

Agricultural Research Grant Funding Application are sought by USDA in the areas of plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production
The October 15, 2012 USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted here.
Request for Applications (RFA) is posted at . Additional AFRI program information is available on the NIFA Web site.

Abstract Alerts

Rothamsted's aphid-resistant wheat - a turning point for GMOs?
Mark Lynas. Agriculture & Food Security 2012, 1:17 doi:10.1186/2048-7010-1-17
Published: 9 October 2012. Read the abstract.

Lanolin-based organogels as a matrix for topical drug delivery

Sai Sateesh Sagiri1, Beauty Behera1, Kunal Pal1, Piyali Basak. Journal of Applied Polymer Science.. Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012. Read the abstract.

Boosting the free fatty acid synthesis of Escherichia coli by expression of a cytosolic Acinetobacter baylyi thioesterase
Yanning Zheng, Lingling Li, Qiang Liu, Jianming Yang, Yujin Cao, Xinglin Jiang, Guang Zhao and Mo Xian. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:76 doi:10.1186/1754-6834-5-76
Published: 11 October 2012. Read the abstract.


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