Friday, December 22, 2017

Explore the most popular AOCS content from this year-Best of 2017!

2017 was an exciting year filled with new innovations, findings and resources from across the industry. The American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) was proud to be a part of it all this past year. We would like to share with you our most popular content from our different channels and areas.

Next year, we will have even more resources and knowledge to share — ensure you maintain your member benefits by renewing today for 2018. New in January, we will offer our members unlimited online access to all of our journals — do not miss out on this exciting new opportunity!

Top AOCS Premium Content Library resource
Most active inform|connect thread
Top meeting presentation download

2017 AOCS Annual Meeting Presentation: Solvent Extraction

Most downloaded 2017 Methods (There are two!)
Top content from Lipid Library
Most downloaded book chapter from the AOCS Press and Academic Press titles
Most viewed INFORM magazine article
Most popular INFORM SmartBrief item

Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study

Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS)
 Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD)

On to 2018!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Safety of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids as a Food Additive in the EU

The EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) provides a scientific opinion re-evaluating the safety of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids (E 471) when used as a food additive. The Panel considered that it is very likely that hydrolysis of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids by lipases in the gastrointestinal tract would occur, resulting in the release of glycerol and fatty acids. Glycerol (E 422) and fatty acids (E 570) have been re-evaluated and the Panel concluded that there was no safety concern regarding their use as food additives. Toxicological studies with mono- and di-glycerides rich in unsaturated fatty acids were considered for the re-evaluation of E 471. No evidence for adverse effects was reported in short-term, subchronic studies, chronic, reproductive and developmental toxicity studies. Neither carcinogenic potential nor a promotion effect in initiation/promotion was reported. The available studies did not raise any concern with regard to genotoxicity. The refined estimates were based on 31 out of 84 food categories in which E 471 is authorised. The Panel noted that the contribution of E 471 represented at the mean only 0.8–3.5% of the recommended daily fat intake. Based on the approach described in the conceptual framework for the risk assessment of certain food additives re-evaluated under Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 and taking into account the considerations mentioned above, the Panel concluded that there was no need for a numerical acceptable daily intake (ADI) and that the food additive mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids (E 471) was of no safety concern at the reported uses and use levels. The Panel recommended some modifications of the EU specifications for E 471. 

Find Out More

The November 10, 2017 EFSA Scientific Opinion is posted at


Additional information about the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) is available at

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Annual Meeting registration is open!

 Join 1,400 professionals from over 40 countries at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6–9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA! Gain knowledge and learn best practices at a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, proteins and lipids.
The AOCS Annual Meeting is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to share ideas and knowledge while making new connections and having a lot of fun! Register today at the early-bird rate to save up to US $200.

Win a free hotel stay
Make your plans early to be entered into a drawing to win four FREE nights at your AOCS conference hotel — a savings of up to US $900! The winner will be announced in early February 2018 and any meeting attendee who registers between November 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018, will automatically be entered!

Call for papers
Share your work at the ultimate collaboration of industry, academia and government; submit your abstract(s) to present at the Annual Meeting. The priority consideration deadline is November 2, but abstracts will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis through January 8, 2018.

Funding available
Funding is available if you need assistance to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You belong here: Join AOCS today

If you are passionate about fats, oils, lipids, or surfactants then you belong here! AOCS members lead the way in the research and development of innovative products and solutions that involve fats and oils. Our welcoming Society embraces new members and offers a supportive network enabling connections, collaborations, and discoveries.

Join today for 2018 and immediately become a member for the rest of 2017 free!

How will you advance with AOCS membership?
Whether you are a student, a new professional or in the middle of your career, you need the connections and resources to excel in the industry. AOCS membership gives you both and much more:
  • New in 2018! Members will have FREE online access to all AOCS journals. Read, download and cite information spotlighting research and reviews in current and archived issues of: Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society (JAOCS), Lipids and Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD).
  • AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect. You will have access to exclusive member-only content including journal articles, book chapters and presentations from AOCS meetings.
  • Discounts on meeting registrations. AOCS members benefit from savings on registration rates at AOCS meetings. Meet with peers to exchange best practices and share your work.
  • Print and digital versions of INFORM magazine. This AOCS resource provides you with the latest updates in scientific advances, trends and topics.
  • Receive 30% savings on AOCS Press and Academic Press titles and Elsevier books covering a broad range of topics.
  • Save US $375 on the fully revised Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 7th Edition.

Take it from an AOCS member:
AOCS gives me the right balance of technical and commercial aspects. That is why I rank AOCS much higher than other organizations that I belong to.”
- Vishal Jain, Group Leader, Lipids, Mondelez International Member since 2004

Collaborate, discover and advance with AOCS membership.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

AOCS names Scott Bloomer as its new Director, Technical Services

Urbana, Ill. — Sept. 19, 2017 — The AOCS today announced that Scott Bloomer has been named its new Director, Technical Services, effective immediately. Bloomer’s knowledge of cutting-edge industry trends will help the AOCS continue to serve the evolving needs of the Society’s global scientific community.

Bloomer has over 20 years of experience in the fats and oils industry. Most recently, he was a principal scientist and senior patent agent at Archer Daniels Midland Company. In that role, he assessed the value of new process technology and product development and prosecuted patents in the areas of food oil, biodiesel and renewable chemicals from oils.

“Scott’s in-depth knowledge of the science and technology driving innovations in the fats and oils industry allows him to put his finger on the pulse of where the industry is going,” said Patrick Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the AOCS.

“His knowledge and many years of volunteer service with AOCS make him a unique and invaluable member of the AOCS team serving the Society,” Donnelly added.

As Director, Technical Services, Bloomer will lead AOCS technical products and services and represent the scientific interests of AOCS with key scientific and technical stakeholders in government, academia and industry.

“The breadth of fats and oils experience held by the members of the AOCS is surpassed only by the energy and enthusiasm they devote to the expansion of their knowledge. I am delighted to join the AOCS team and am looking forward to supporting the members in their advancement of the science and technology of fats and oils,” Bloomer said.

In addition to his work at ADM, Bloomer was a senior research scientist and corporate patent liaison at Land O’Lakes Inc. and senior research scientist in oilseed technology at Cargill. He holds a doctorate in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Lund, Sweden.

About AOCS

The AOCS advances the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. The Society provides technical services, including analytical testing methods, laboratory proficiency testing and reference materials, and administers the US position for several ISO technical committees and subcommittees. Discover the latest industry news by reading the Society’s magazine, INFORM, and following @aocs.

Media Contact: Dan Klen, Communication Specialist, +1 217-693-4829,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What does early career success look like? ... and what you should be doing now to prepare

In this free webinar, Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, will share insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve will draw from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries. He will also share insights gained as an AOCS volunteer leader.

Attendees will learn about three topics:

1. Preparing for success.
2. Building  your brand.
3. Learning and leveraging soft skills.

All AOCS members are encouraged to attend and invite a colleague to join along. This FREE webinar is made available by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.

About Steve Hill, Speaker
Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, recently was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, at T. Marzetti, a Lancaster Colony Company. T. Marzetti is a food company primarily known for its delicious salad dressing and dips, but it also has a large food service business as well as a full range of bakery products under the FlatOut, Angelic Bakehouse, New York Bakery, Sister Schubert, and Reames brands. Previously, Steve was with Kraft Foods and ran his own consulting company, The Hill Advantage LLC.

About the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group
The Young Professional CIG provides newcomers to the industry with the resources and connections they need to advance their careers. If you are a recent graduate stepping into a new career position, this CIG is designed to help you transition from student to professional.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AOCS Annual Meeting abstract submissions now open

Call for Papers

Submit your abstract(s) now to present at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 6–9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA! Opportunities are available for both oral and poster presentations. For priority consideration, submit your abstract by November 2.

Submit a Hot Topic Proposal

Hot Topic Symposia will address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils and affect the future of our industries. Symposia are held on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 7:55–10 am and no competing Division programming is held at this time.Submit a session proposal that addresses new technology, innovative research, or regulatory updates, today! Hot Topic proposal reviews will begin November 1.
Elevate your visibility in the industry, build connections, and receive valuable input on your work.

Get started

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids

It is not too late to make your plans. Onsite registration is available—and easy! You can even download and complete the registration form in advance.

Where else can you discover market trends, connect across key industry sectors, and network with a community of fats, lipids, and oils professionals that spans Latin America and the globe? Only at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11–14 in Cancun, Mexico. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Biobased Innovation & Career Advice webinar

Join a 60-minute interactive webinar featuring collegiate biobased innovators from Purdue University as they receive feedback and career advice from Cargill’s Industrial Specialties experts.

Purdue University winners of the 2017 Student Soybean Innovation Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, developed a soy-based air filter for use in residential and commercial applications. The Cargill representatives have agreed to provide feedback to the students on their biobased innovation and share possible opportunities and obstacles for it to move from the lab to the real world.

Bring your questions about this new product, the pathway to commercializing a soy-based product, and the many opportunities for soy as a sustainable ingredient in industrial products.

The webinar takes place at 4:00 pm Eastern, Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Register Here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods - Health Canada's Food Directorate is seeking public comments

Notice of Health Canada’s Proposal to Enable the Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods – Reference Number : NOP/ADP-0027


The Federal Government completed a detailed safety assessment of the use of tara gum as an emulsifying, gelling, stabilizing and thickening agent. The results of Health Canada’s evaluation of available scientific data support the safety and efficacy of tara gum for its requested uses. Therefore, Health Canada intends to modify the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents accordingly.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of these food additives.

Find Out More

"Notice of Health Canada’s Proposal to Enable the Use of Tara Gum as an Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing and Thickening Agent in Unstandardized Foods and Certain Standardized Foods – Reference Number: NOP/ADP-0027"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Acaba de confirmarse — el Presidente de ANIAME en el Congreso Latinoamericano de AOCS - ANIAME president at AOCS Latin American Congress

El Presidente de ANIAME participará como disertante en el Congreso Latinoamericano de AOCS
Comience hoy a planificar la oportunidad de escuchar información de primera mano del Presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Aceites y Mantecas Comestibles, A.C. (ANIAME) en el XVII Congreso Latinoamericano y Exposición sobre Grasas, Aceites y Lípidos de AOCS, a realizarse del 11 al 14 de septiembre en Cancún, México. Inscríbase online y reserve su lugar con anticipación en este evento.

ANIAME president to present in Cancun next month
Make your plans today to gain first-hand insights from the president of Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Aceites y Mantecas Comestibles, A.C. (ANIAME) at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, Sept. 11–14 in Cancun, Mexico. Register online to save your spot for this anticipated event.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Latin American Congress program is now available

Learn more about the  Latin American Congress program
The premier event bringing the Latin American fats and oils industries together is headed to Cancun, Mexico on September 11–14. Register online for the 17th AOCS Latin American 
Congress by August 18.

This is a great chance to delve into crucial topics in fats, oils, and lipids in sessions led by industry leaders.

  • View the full program and make your plans to join professionals, scientists, researchers, and others involved in fats, oils, and lipids.

Hotel reservations
Finalize your Latin American Congress plans when you make your hotel reservation at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel. Reserve now>>>

Friday, July 21, 2017

Olive Oil Labs Recognized

AOCS would like to thank all of the panels that participated during the 2016-2017 Olive Oil Sensory Panel test. Several labs have been awarded for excellence in testing.

AOCS Recognized Panels

Panels that attained a low SPN score in the AOCS proficiency testing program in 2016–2017.
There is a 3 way tie for first place this year. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Agricultural  Products  Distribution  Division, Kagawa, Japan • First Place

Modern Olives, California, USA • First Place

Multichrome Lab, Athens, Greece • First Place

Pompeian, Inc., Maryland, USA • First Place

Sunset Olive Oil, LLC., California, USA • Honorable Mention

Fabrica Torrejana SA, Riachos, Portugal • Honorable Mention

NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, Australia • Honorable Mention

Applied Sensory, LLC., California, USA • Honorable Mention

Chemiservice SRL, Bari, Italy • Honorable Mention

California Olive Oil Council, California, USA • Honorable Mention

AOCS Accredited Panels

SPN score of 5 or less in the 2016–2017 proficiency program.
Must be an AOCS member in good standing and have a signed agreement that states all of the requirements for testing were met.

Valentina Cardone, Chemiservice, Monopoli, Italy

Maria Garzon, Pompeian, Inc., Baltimore, MD, USA

Jamie Ayton, NSW Dept. of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, Australia

Natalia Ruiz, Modern Olives Laboratory Services, USA, Woodland, CA, USA

Find Out More

Friday, July 14, 2017


A friendly reminder: August 1 is the early bird deadline for the Algae Biomass Summit!

Don’t miss the exciting program coming together for the 11th annual Summit taking place in Salt Lake City, October 29 – November 1. The Summit is the algae industry’s premier event—the world’s largest algae conference—and this is your opportunity to save big.

The Summit’s agenda will cover algae developments in everything from feed and food to fuel and pharmaceuticals. Discover the latest breakthroughs, catch up on cutting-edge research and learn about product development milestones from companies ranging from small startups to multi-billion dollar companies. 

  Register today and save up to $200! Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Get involved:FREE Division Membership

Join any of the ten AOCS Divisions for free! For a limited time only, we are offering free Division membership for the remainder of 2017.

Why join an AOCS Division?
  1. Accessing the latest findings in your interest area
  2. Networking with professionals in your interest area
  3. Opportunities for award recognition and funding
  4. Getting involved and making a difference
  5. It’s inexpensive and easy!
Divisions not only host events and develop the technical programming at the AOCS Annual Meeting, they also engage in year-round discussions and volunteer activities. Join a Division today to stay up to date with new developments in your area of specialization, and access a remarkable community of scientists, educators, and fats and oils industry leaders who share the most current news and research in their areas of study.

If you are interested in joining any of the ten AOCS Divisions, please contact Doreen Berning at or +1 217-693-4813 by July 31, 2017.

Agricultural Microscopy
Animal Feed
Edible Applications Technology
Food and Feed
Food Structure and Functionality
Health and Nutrition
Industrial Oil Products
Lipid Oxidation/Flavor and Properties
Oilseeds and Fats
Personal Care
Protein and Co-Products
Specialty Oils
Surfactants and Detergents

There’s a movement going on – one that aims to help build sustainable solutions to feed 9 billion people.

This September, we’re asking you to help build sustainable solutions to feed 9 billion people.

For the very first time, our friends at the Life Science Association of Manitoba are hosting the 2017 Agricultural Bioscience International Conference in Winnipeg! ABIC 2017 is the premier global meeting that promotes innovation in bioscience for sustainable food, feed, fiber and fuel security as the climate changes. This three-day conference gives researchers, policy makers and industry leaders from around the globe a chance to learn about solutions for food security and agricultural sustainability firsthand.

This year’s conference includes workshop sessions, keynote sessions and technical presentations led by some of the most admired and outspoken leaders in our sector. The conference also features an interactive tradeshow hall, a student research competition, industry tours, harvest dinners and more! Learn about their exciting program and speaker roster at

Purchase your tickets online today at For more information, contact Don’t forget to follow their hashtags #ABIC2017 and #SolutionsStartHere!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Get Content. Get Connected. Get a Discount.

Demonstrate your technical knowledge and leadership skills when you contribute to the development of an ever-more vibrant fats and oils scientific community. Whether your expertise is in analytical chemistry, lipid oxidation, surfactants, lipidomics, or something related, there is a place for you in the Society. Members of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) play an integral role in shaping our industry—we invite you to join.

You don’t have to wait until next year. Join AOCS for the remainder of 2017 for $120 (offer ends August 15).

Get the tools and resources you need to build upon your expertise. Membership includes:

  • Presentations from the recent AOCS Annual Meeting on the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect
  • Print issues of INFORM magazine to help you stay current on the latest scientific advances, trends, and topics. 

You'll also have the opportunity to demonstrate your technical expertise and gain leadership experience within an AOCS Division, Section, Common Interest Group, or committee.

Be known. Stay current. Make connections.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Invitation to participate in the Electronic Working Group to amend the Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (CODEX STAN 210-1999) to consider the applicability of the fatty acid composition of all oils in Table 1 in relation to their corresponding crude form.

At the 25th Session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 27 February to 3 March 2017, the Committee agreed to establish an Electronic Working Group (eWG) to be chaired by the United States with the assistance of AOCS, working in English, to prepare a project document for new work to amend the Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils [CODEX STAN 210-1999] to consider the applicability of the fatty acid composition of all oils in Table 1 in relation to their corresponding crude form.

The amendment would provide clarity to Codex member countries and the food industry in the trade of crude (unrefined) vegetable oils.  The discussion paper, including a project document, will be prepared in time for consideration at the next session of the CCFO (2019).

The United States invites interested Codex members and observers to participate in the eWG and to provide the name, official title, and e-mail address of their representatives to the U.S Delegate to CCFO, Paul South (, U.S. Alternate Delegate to CCFO, Robert Moreau (, and the U.S. Codex Office Representative, Marie Maratos ( by July 28, 2017.

Find out More

Discussion Paper on the Revision of Limits of Oleic and Linoleic Acids in Sunflowerseed Oils in the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (Codex Stan 210-1999) (Agenda Item 10)

The Committee agreed to:
  • Start new work on the revision of limits of oleic and linoleic acids in sunflowerseed oils and the associated definitions in Section 2.1;
  • Establish an eWG, chaired by Argentina, and co-chaired by Brazil and the EU, and working in English only, to prepare the proposed draft revision of the Standard for Named Vegetable Oils (Codex Stan 210-1999) for circulation for comments at Step 3 and consideration at CCFO26, subject to CAC40 approval of the new work.
The United States supports the approach agreed to by the Committee.

Friday, June 16, 2017

AOCS June Newsletter Highlights

AOCS award-winning papers
The AOCS Best Paper Awards recognize outstanding articles published each year in a variety of fields.

Inside INFORM magazine: Restoring brain energy
In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the brain’s uptake of its primary fuel—glucose—deteriorates, but in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, the brain’s uptake of its alternative fuel—ketones—remains normal. Read this article in the latest issue of INFORM that describes how scientists are trying to delay cognitive decline in AD by restoring the brain’s energy supply with medium-chain triglycerides.
View the full June issue online >>

Resources added to the AOCS premium content library
In the past month AOCS Annual Meeting presentations, book chapters, journal articles, and more have been added to the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect. Some of our most popular topics have included processing contaminants, omega-6 fatty acids and inflammation, lipid oxidation, and the basics of fats and oils technology.
The premium content library is free to AOCS members but available to non-members by subscription.

Join AOCS today for exclusive and unlimited access to these valuable resources.

Latin American Congress: Endless reasons to register
The 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids is headed to Cancun, Mexico, September 11–14, 2017! There are many reasons to secure your spot today:

  • 12 hours of dedicated networking time 
  • 25 suppliers of equipment and services at the exhibition 
  • 90 speakers covering crucial topics 
  • 70+ poster presentations 2 Short Courses on processing and refining

Register by July 1 and save up to US $ 200!

Upcoming AOCS meetings
AOCS Latin American Congress
17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
September 11–14, 2017
Cancun, Mexico
Register Today »
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2018 AOCS Annual Meeting
2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

May 6–9, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Upcoming industry meetings
Euro Fed LipidWorld Soybean Research ConferenceInternational Conference on Soaps, Detergents, and Cosmetics

15th Euro Fed Lipid CongressWorld Soybean Research Conference5th International Conference on Soaps, Detergents & Cosmetics
August 27–30, 2017
Uppsala, Sweden

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August 27–30, 2017
Uppsala, Sweden

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December 10–12, 2017
Panjim, Goa, India

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Friday, June 2, 2017

A Tribute to Fred Kummerow

AOCS’ oldest and arguably most newsworthy member, Fred Kummerow, died at the age of 102. Extensive tributes to the life and career of this University of Illinois professor whose lawsuit in 2013 led the US Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats can be found in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other news sources.

But, here I would like to share with you some inside stories about Fred’s contributions to AOCS that were passed on to me from George Willhite, the former editor of Inform magazine.
Fred Kummerow served as an AOCS board member and as AOCS secretary in 1974. When AOCS offices were at 508 S. Sixth St. in Champaign, Illinois, USA, Fred’s Harlan E. Moore research lab was located at the southwest corner of Sixth and Springfield in a building that was torn down many years ago.

For a brief time (in the late 70s or early 80s) Fred was abstracts editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS). However, he turned in abstracts primarily covering nutritional fats and seldom, if ever, provided abstracts on industrial uses, proteins, soap, detergents, or other applications for oils and fats. That led to a decision to discontinue the JAOCS abstracts section, in part, because of limited coverage of other subject areas. As JAOCS Editor Dick Baldwin noted, by that time most researchers did computer literature searches. The abstracts section was revived in the early 2000s by Inform’s Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Jim Rattray under the heading, “Extracts & Distillates.”

Fred remained an active researcher even when his age reached three digits. Over the years I’ve worked at AOCS, I had both the honor and pleasure of having him call me periodically to discuss whatever research project he was conducting. His mind was always sharp, and he always had something interesting to say.

Submitted by Kathy Heine, Managing Editor, INFORM magazine.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Announcing AAOCS 2017- Biotechnology, Lipidomics & Nutrition Conference

We invite you to attend the 10th AAOCS biannual meeting 'Biotechnology, lipidomics and nutrition'.

Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley SA
Date 11-13th September 2017

The program will present the latest science and industry updates relating to edible oil and ingredient supply, lipidnomics, biotechnology, manufacture of fat-based products, nutritional research, oil analysis, latest developments with omega-3 oils, dairy lipids, and other activities that support the industry.

Find Out More

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Latin American Congress Extends Abstract Submission Deadline -Registration Now Open

The Latin American Congress Organizing Committee has extended the deadline for submitting abstracts until May 31, 2017.   Don’t miss this opportunity to present your research to congress delegates in Cancun this September.  Complete submission details are available on the Congress website.

Held in cooperation with the AOCS Latin American Section, the Latin American Congress addresses up-and-coming issues around market influences and fosters collaboration among peers from around the world. The conference schedule allows you to easily flow between sessions that cover a wide range of topics. Presentations will be made in either Spanish or English and simultaneous translation is provided.

Save up to US $200 when you register now to attend the leading international forum that connects fats and oils professionals, scientists, researchers, and students from throughout the Latin American region and beyond.

Registration is open for the leading event facilitating cross-industry collaboration for professionals in Latin America and beyond. The AOCS Latin American Congress features content specifically tailored to fats, oils, and lipids professionals, and is an opportunity to foster cross-country and cross-industry collaboration.
Plan early to maximize registration savings and secure your hotel accommodations at the special Congress rates.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Earl G. Hammond 1926 - 2017

Earl Hammond, age 90, died on May 10 at Northcrest Health Care after a long, productive and rewarding life. Visitation will be at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, May 15. Memorial services will be at 11 am on Tuesday at First Baptist Church 200 Lynn Avenue, Ames, Iowa.

Earl was born in Terrell, Texas on November 21, 1926, to Joseph Carroll Hammond and Kate Gullette Hammond. He attended and graduated from Terrell schools, then went on to the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BS and MS degrees in chemistry. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota where he received a PhD in biochemistry in 1953. With an offer from Iowa State College, he moved to Ames where he taught cheesemaking and food chemistry, and did research on fats, oils and lipids for the next 50 years. He officially retired in January 2003, but continued to do research and work with students until 2014.

While a student at the University of Texas he got called into the army in 1946. He served for one year in New York and Washington. He returned to Austin, and was working on his M.S. degree when he met Johnie Wright at the University Baptist Church. Following a long courtship, they were married at University Baptist Church in Minneapolis on September 17, 1951. After completion of their degrees they moved to Ames where they have spent the rest of their lives.

Earl was an active member and frequent teacher at First Baptist Church. He was a founding member of Story County Housing and Ames Ecumenical Housing and contributed his time to providing affordable housing for low-income families. He also loved to play recorder and played in small groups for many years. Earl and Johnie enjoyed international travel and frequently took along one of their grandchildren when they visited other countries.

Earl's research on lipids was awarded honors on several occasions by the American Oil Chemists Society as well as international honors including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Olzytin, Poland. His work has resulted in over 30 patents and is used in several commercial products. What he loved the most was the opportunity to work with and guide the research of graduate students from all over the world. His love of science and chemistry was reflected in the microscopes and chemistry sets his children received for Christmas.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers Frank Hammond and Joe Hammond. He is survived by his wife Johnie Hammond of Ames, Iowa, his son Bruce and wife Darla Hammond of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, his daughter Linda and husband Bruce Hanson of Ames, Iowa, his daughter Pam and husband David Fuchs of St. Louis, Missouri, and son Christopher and wife Sandy Hammond of Richardson, Texas, as well as eleven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to the Story County Community Housing Corporation, 130 S. Sheldon.

Private burial is in Iowa State University Cemetery.

Online condolences may be directed to:
Published in Des Moines Register on May 14, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Join the fun! AOCS Young Professional activities in Orlando

The AOCS Annual Meeting begins Sunday, April 29. If you are a member of the YP Common Interest Group or want to join this group of young professionals, then add these activities to your schedule!

Stay-in-touch! Chelsey Castrodale, AOCS Young Professional, will be "live tweeting" updates on YP-CIG events, lunch/dinner meet-ups, and conference happenings using the hashtag #AOCSYP. 

Watch for, or share, AOCS Annual Meeting tweets using #AOCS2017. 

  • Young Professional Networking Reception
    Join us outside for drinks & appetizers along with corn hole and ladder toss!
    When: Sunday, April 30 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Toho Deck
  • Young Professional CIG Business Meeting
    Tuesday, May 2 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Wekiwa 5
  • Joint CIG Luncheon 
    Learn how to get involved in your group, talk to the other groups to learn what they are doing, and create valuable connections with members of the other CIGs.
    When: Wednesday, May 3 from 12:00pm – 1:45pm, Wekiwa 6/7
See you soon in sunny Orlando!

Annual Meeting is here! Get ready for Orlando.

The 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases is just days away.  Here are our top four tips for making the most of your time in Orlando.

Check your email for delegate only access to The App and resource pages.

1. Go mobile. Download The App to your mobile device and customize your meeting experience.

2. Build your itinerary. Search presentations and customize your Annual Meeting itinerary in The App.

3. Preview abstracts. View abstracts on The App, or access printer-friendly versions on the resources page.

4. Start networking now. Connect with other Annual Meeting attendees on The App, or access the traditional list of registered attendees on the resources page.

Visit the Travel Notes webpage for additional details on airport transportation, suggested conference attire, and more.

It's not too late to register! 

Online registration has ended, but onsite registration begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 30 at Rosen Shingle Creek. View details.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Learn more about China's edible oils industry

The AOCS China Section has organized a Hot Topics session at the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases focused on the oils and fats industry in China. If you are attending the meeting, make plans to attend this session Monday, May 1, beginning at 8:00 am EDT.  

China Fat and Oil Industry: A Fast Growing Segment with Opportunities and Challenges
The session will provide updates on the current status of the fats and oils industry in China, including production, consumer trends, and resources for healthy oils products, research and product development, and markets for edible oil products as well as protein co-products. Attendees will discover the latest market trends, uncover sources of future market growth for the Chinese oils and fats industry, gain competitive information, and learn about opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Food Oils and Fats in China: Status and Developments. 
Y. Liu, College of Food Science, Jiangnan University, China.

Potential "Novel" Oils and Fats Resources in China for Modern "Healthy" Food Consumption. 
X. Xu, Wilmar Global Research and Development Center, China.

Consumer Perceptions and Trends for Oils and Fats in China.
G. Chen, China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation, China.

Food Proteins in China: Status and Developments
L. Jiang, College of Food Science, Northeast Agricultural University, China.

Gain more insights about China by reading the INFORM magazine feature story, "China's evolving edible oils industry," in the April 2017 issue. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Annual Meeting Online Registration Ends This Week

Online registration ends April 14th!

The 2017 Annual Meeting is only a few short weeks away. Meet us in Orlando to join the discussions on the latest industry updates. There will be ample opportunities to learn and engage during three days of technical sessions, Hot Topics Symposia, Industry Showcases, Awards Plenary and Business Meeting and a variety of networking events.

Save time and avoid the on-site registration lines.  Register today!

Take advantage of these great opportunities for sharing and networking

Exchange ideas with colleagues during Division roundtable discussions.

Discuss geographic-specific issues at a Section event.

Reconnect with colleagues and make new connections during numerous networking events.

Assist in directing the future of AOCS by sharing your expertise at an open AOCS committee meeting or make new connections at an AOCS Common Interest Group (CIG) gathering

Don't miss this opportunity to learn, engage and network. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Read AOCS Press Review Articles

Stay up to date on review papers published in AOCS Press journals. The reviews below have appeared in JAOCS, JSD, and Lipids during the past few months. We’ve provided read and share links, so please feel free to pass along to colleagues!

December 2016
Deepak S. Thakur and Arunabha Kundu, BASF R&D Beachwood,USA

January 2017
Jean-Louis Salager, Ana M. Forgiarini, and Miguel J.Rondón
Lab FIRP, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela

February 2017
Audrey Llevot, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) Karlsruhe, Germany

Nikita Ikon and Robert O. Ryan
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, USA

March 2017
Samantha A. Vieira, Guodong Zhang,  and Eric A. Decker
Department of Food Science University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Emerald Test for Cannabis Labs is open! Enroll now to participate.

What is the Emerald Test?

Directed by an advisory panel comprised of industry experts and stakeholders, The Emerald Test® is a semi-annual inter-lab comparison and proficiency testing program for cannabis testing labs.

While individual lab data remains private, participants are listed on the Emerald Test website and badges are awarded to high performing labs. This combination provides the highest level of integrity and transparency while enabling individual labs and the entire testing industry the ability to demonstrate proficiency and excellence to their customers.

Potency Test
The Potency Test is comprised of a 5-part cannabinoid matrix in 1mL of Acetonitrile. The test contains 0-1000 µg/mL of THC, THC-A, CBD, CBD-A, and CBN. Enroll Now.

Pesticides Test
The Pesticides Test is comprised of 22 analytes on a hemp matrix with quantities ranging from 0-1000 ng/g. Enroll Now

Microbial Panel 1
Microbial Panel 1 is supplied as a 4-sample panel for quantitative determination of APC, Coliform/E.coli, Yeast/Mold and Enterobacteriaceae. Enroll Now.

Microbial Panel 2
Microbial Panel 2 is supplied as a 3-sample panel for qualitative identification of salmonella spp. in hemp. Enroll Now.

Residual Solvents
The Residual Solvents Test is offered in a 2 parts for stability; 2 gases prepared in dimethylacetomide and 9 compounds in a hemp oil matrix. Enroll Now.

Heavy Metals
The Heavy Metals Test is offered in 2 parts, a solution for cannabis heavy metals and in a hemp matrix. Enroll Now.

Enrollment and Samples

Enrollment is open from Monday, March 20 until Friday, April 7 at 5pm EST. All tests will ship overnight on April 24.

Data submission deadline is May 5 at 5pm EST. 

Test Samples are manufactured by an ISO 17043 accredited PT provider and require overnight shipping, which is included in the price of the test. After receiving and testing the sample, labs must submit their data through an electronic data portal.

Data analysis provided by AOCS with ISO 13528:2015 software and standards for ILC/PT's.

Emerald Test® Advisory Panel

The Emerald Test Advisory Panel defines the content of each test and the terms for data analysis as well as the criteria for receiving the Emerald Test Badge. The 2017 advisory panelists are:
  • Robert Martin, Ph.D., Founder of CW Analytical
  • Cynthia Ludwig, Director of Technical Services at AOCS
  • Rodger Voelker, Ph.D., Lab Director, OG Analytical
  • Tammy Meusitch, Quality Systems Development at RJ Lee Group
  • Shawn Kassner, Senior Scientist at Neptune & Company, Inc.
  • Jim Rowe,  Scientific Director at Steep Hill Labs
  • Chris Hudalla, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Labs
  • Susan Audino, Instructor at A2LA
  • Sytze Elzinga, The Werc Shop
  • Amanda Rigdon, Chief Technical Officer at Emerald Scientific

For more information visit
For questions and help, email us at or call 877-567-3598 ext. 1.

Annual Meeting -Reduced Registration Ends March 31!

The Clock Is Ticking! Register By March 31 And Save up to $100!

2017 Annual Meeting is approaching fast. Join us April 30–May 3 in Orlando, Florida, for the ultimate collaboration from industry, academia, and government. There are many reasons to come back and experience another year of valuable information, resources, and networking. Here are just a few:
  • Hot Topics Symposia encompasses international discussions on current critical issues impacting the fats and oils industries.
    View symposia »
  • AOCS Special Sessions, including the Awards Plenary and Business Meeting provide additional opportunities to learn and connect with colleagues.
    View sessions »
  • AOCS Short Courses, offered prior to Annual Meeting, allow you to interact one-on-one with instructors and peers in your field.
    View short courses »
  • Industry Showcases are the gathering place for Annual Meeting attendees. The showcases will house more than 80 global companies in a variety of categories. They are also the hubs for major networking activities.
    See more »
You'll also have access to a variety of sessions featuring more than 650 oral and poster presentations within 12 interest areas.

Take Advantage of AOCS Membership
Become an AOCS member today and register at the discounted member rate. Your membership not only offers discounted registration, but also access to resources for networking and the most-up-to-date information, including access to the new premium members-only content library! See more about membership »

Register today to get in on the conversations and the savings!