Monday, February 18, 2013

News and Notes for Monday February 18, 2013

American and European Standards Organizations agree to collaborate on aligning standards to facilitate trade between EU and USA 
The European Standards Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) agreed that they will maintain and intensify their collaboration with a view to aligning their standards, which is necessary in order to facilitate trade in both goods and services between Europe and the USA. Read the News Release.

Anthraquinone, used in Food Packaging
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has withdrawn its recommendation for the use of anthraquinone in the manufacture of paper intended for food contact. Read BfR opinion No. 005/2013 (.pdf)

Solazyme and Mitsui to develop tailored algal oils
Solazyme, Inc. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a $20 million multi-year agreement to jointly develop a suite of triglyceride oils for use primarily in the oleochemical industry. The agreement includes further development of Solazyme’s high myristic algal oil. Read more from Algae Industry Magazine.

Video: This biodiesel plant sits in your kitchen
The BioBot 20 is a small, portable waste oil processor designed to be used on a table top or work bench. It’s capable of converting used kitchen oils into environmentally-friendly fuel that can then be used to power your biodiesel-ready car.  Read more at

Kraft Foods expects profit to top estimates
Kraft Foods expects fourth-quarter adjusted earnings above analysts' current estimates, but foresees lower revenue than a year ago. Read the News Release.

Study the use of nanoparticles in food
Andy Behar, the chief executive of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes corporate accountability examines the use of nanoparticles in food. Read more from CNN.

Abstract Alerts

Production of bacterial cellulose and enzyme from waste fiber sludge
Cavka A, Guo X, Tang S, Winestrand S, Jönsson LJ, Hong F
Biotechnology for Biofuels 2013, 6:25 (16 February 2013)
[Abstract] [Provisional PDF]

Assessment of inhibitory potential of essential oils on natural mycoflora and Fusarium mycotoxins production in wheat
Sumalan R, Alexa E, Poiana M
Chemistry Central Journal 2013, 7:32 (14 February 2013)
[Abstract] [Provisional PDF]


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