Friday, October 31, 2014

RFA Corn Distillers Oil Quality Webinar and Methods

A webinar last week provided Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) members an opportunity to learn more about corn distillers oil (CDO) manufacturing opportunities and challenges, regulatory expectations, and quality considerations. The webinar slides will be made available on the “Members Only” section of the RFA website.

As a follow on, the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) has developed the “Analytical Guidelines for Assessing Corn Distillers Oil Quality” as a technical tool for identifying appropriate methods used in the testing of CDO and in identifying the importance of each parameter. AOCS also has gathered the pertinent analytical methods into a Method Collection. Further analytical information can be found on the AOCS website.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Clinical Lipidology Congress Vienna, Austria

The 2nd World Congress on Clinical Lipidology will be held on 5-7 December 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

This extraordinary event will provide state of the art educational lectures in the field of clinical lipidology, focusing on practical lipid management including difficult to treat hyperlipidemias, genetic dyslipidemias, screening, dietary and nutraceutical approaches and case studies. Major emphasis will be given to new therapeutics, diagnosis and management of high risk patients.

The speakers are internationally recognized experts in the field of Dyslipidemias and will be available for small group discussions and workshops. In addition debate sessions will highlight topics that are currently controversial.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Further details are found at:

Key Note Speakers

Professor Philip Barter is President of the International Atherosclerosis Society.
He is also a Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. His basic research interests are plasma lipids and lipoproteins, specifically high density lipoproteins, the factors that regulate them and the mechanism by which they protect against cardiovascular disease.
Professor Klaus G Parhofer, MD is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany. He is the head of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology at the Medical Department 2 of the university. His research focuses on lipoprotein metabolism, particularly diabetic dyslipoproteinemia, postprandial lipoprotein metabolism and LDL apheresis.


Don’t miss these workshops to be held at LIPIDS 2014 Congress.

1.    Lipid Management For Primary Care
2.    Management Of Paediatric Dyslipidemia                                           
3.    Statin Resistance/Intolerance
4.    Lipid Management In Diabetes And Chronic Kidney Disease
5.    Difficult To Treat Hyperlipidemia
6.    Novel lipid lowering therapies, Focus on PCSK9

Monday, October 20, 2014

Collaborative Efforts for Sustainability in the Home Care Industry

AOCS surveyed voluntary collaborative efforts related to sustainability in the home care industry.

An inventory of activities and initiatives was developed and organized according to standard stages of an LCA. Case studies were selected from this inventory to highlight the scope and diversity of some of the current collaborative efforts. For each case study, the relevant life cycle stages impacted by the activity are highlighted for reference. The hope is that that these examples might serve as a guide or “roadmap” and inspire others to replicate or amplify such voluntary collaborative efforts globally, driving more meaningful change throughout the entire industry. The case studies presented in this report are not meant to represent an exhaustive list of collaborative efforts in the home care industry. Rather, they are offered as illustrative examples of creative actions and strategies voluntarily employed by organizations in this sector. Brief descriptions of additional collaborative activities are provided at the end of this report providing a broader perspective on the current state of voluntary collaborative efforts in the home care industry.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Processing of Fats and Oils Resources from AOCS -ON SALE!

Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on the following AOCS Press titles through November 7, 2014.  Be sure to use promo code PAF014. Also, watch your email for weekly Flash Book Sale announcements each week or sign-up to receive these announcements at

Structure-Function Analysis of Edible Fats
Edited by Alejandro G. Marangoni
This book summarizes current modern approaches in the quantification of the physical structure of fats and its relationship to macroscopic functionality. With increased maturity of a field such as the physics of fats and oils, comes an increased need for more quantitative approaches to common problems encountered by industry. Read more...

Green Vegetable Oil Processing
Revised First Edition
Edited by Walter E. Farr and Andrew Proctor
This book addresses alternative green technologies at various stages of oilseed and vegetable oil processing, including: oil extraction technologies such as expeller, aqueous, and supercritical methods; and green modifications of conventional unit operations such as degumming, refining, bleaching, hydrogenation, winterizing/dewaxing, fractionation, and deodorization.  Read more...

Lipid Oxidation
Challenges in Food Systems
Edited by Amy Logan, Uwe Nienaber, and Xiangqing (Shawn) Pan
Lipid oxidation in food systems is one of the most important factors affecting food quality, nutrition, safety, color, and consumers’ acceptance. The control of lipid oxidation remains an ongoing challenge as most foods constitute very complex matrices.This book provides recent perspectives aimed at a better understanding of lipid oxidation mechanisms and strategies to improve the oxidative stability of food systems. Read more...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Where in the world are the #SweetScientists?

You can find me on Friday evenings in front of the TV watching “The Amazing Race”. In “The Amazing Race,” 11 teams of two race around the world for about 25 days, completing challenges along the way and competing for a grand prize of $1 million that goes to the winning pair. It is aired on US national television on CBS. And yes it is a competition. They are racing to be not-eliminated. Last team to arrive at a destination is out of the race.

This is the 25th season of The Amazing Race. Their silver anniversary for those who want to send a card or gift. But who to send that card/gift too? Well, this season there is an AOCS member on “The Amazing Race.” Maya Warren (AOCS member) has teamed up with Amy DeJong and their team is known as the SweetScientists. From their Race bios, Maya’s research focuses on ice cream and other frozen-aerated treats; Amy’s research is crystallization in confectionery products. That statement over-simplifies their research, but for many of us it is about ice cream and candy. Hopefully they have time to sample ice cream and confectionary along the way.

After 3 episodes the SweetScientists are still in the race and have gone to New York City, USA; US Virgin Islands; London and Oxford, United Kingdom; and Shetland Islands, Scotland. Next week they will be in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wonder what challenges await Maya and Amy while there?

You can watch "The Amazing Race" online, and keep up with them on Twitter with #SweetScientists.