Thursday, August 29, 2019

Key pesticides found in fats and oils- ISO Ballot

A Committee Internal Ballot within ISO TC34/SC11 is being launched to ask members to provide a short list (e.g. the top 20-25) of pesticides most relevant in fats and oils. These should be pesticides that are more often found at levels higher than the national or international maximum permitted levels.

Interested parties should communicate with their national ISO representatives to provide guidance for their votes on this ballot by October 11, 2019. The the ballot contains the following two items:
Possible Answers
Can you list key/major pesticides found in fats and oils? (no more than 20-25)
Yes  *
Should SC11 produce a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats either as a Technical Report (TR) or Technical Specification (TS)?

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The full text of the announcement is here:

Key pesticides found in fats and oils
ISO/TC 34/SC 11
CIB  (Committee Internal Ballot)

Start date
End date
Opened on
2019-08-10 00:05 

English title
Key pesticides found in fats and oils and request whether SC11 should develop a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats.
At the TC34/SC11 sub-committee meeting held in Belfast, UK on 19-20 Sept 2018 it was decided that it is important to continue work on pesticides but in collaboration with CEN TC275. TC34/SC11 would therefore not specifically develop a Standard on the determination on pesticides in fats and oils.

The following resolution was taken:

Resolution 567/18

ISO/NWIP – Pesticide residues determination in oils and fats

1)           The committee asked BSI to approach CEN TC 275 WG3 to collaborate on the pesticide method [Completed 
Spring/Summer 2018].

2)           The committee agreed to initiate a ballot to compile a list of key compounds to be included in a list that will be provided to CEN.

FEDIOL and AFNOR have compiled lists of pesticides which can be found in the attached excel spreadsheet along with the combined pesticides list of the two, which totals a 101 pesticides.

Using the attached spreadsheet as a starting point, a Committee Internal Ballot is therefore being launched to ask members to provide a short list (e.g. the top 20-25) of pesticides most relevant in fats and oils. These should be pesticides that are more often found at levels higher than the national or international maximum permitted levels.  Results from this ballot will be fed through to CEN/TC275/WG3 for consideration and comment.

It is widely known that the analysis of pesticide residues in food and feed (including fats and oils) is complex, specialised and outside the scope of routine oils and fats analysts.  In addition to the above ballot committee members are asked to give their views on the possible future SC11 production of a general guide on pesticide analysis in oils and fats.  This could be either a Technical Report (TR) or Technical Specification (TS) and would cover:
  • A summary of methods available for the analysis of pesticide residues in fats/oils
  • Sample preparation for fats and oils
  • Guidance to inform analysts how to proceed if the residues required are not listed in the method
  • Laboratory requirements

Scott Bloomer, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Services
American Oil Chemists' Society
2710 Boulder Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: +1-217-693-4830

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nanjing Zhong, inaugural AOCS Young Scientist to Watch, published in JAOCS

In the August issue of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS), we are recognizing a recipient of the new AOCS initiative, "Young Scientists to Watch." The initiative is directed at scientists in the early stages of their career (younger than 36 years old or have earned their highest degree within the last 10 years) who are conducting transformative research in the area of fats, oils, oilseed proteins, and related materials. The recognition is given to feature scientists whose research has significantly advanced scientific understanding within their discipline or holds substantial promise for such an impact in the near future.

The “Young Scientists to Watch” recipients will be highlighted on the JAOCS Wiley Online Library as part of an online special collection. In addition, researchers with published manuscripts will be given priority to present at upcoming AOCS Annual Meetings. 

The first recipient of this initiative is Dr. Nanjing Zhong of the School of Food Science, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Zhongshan, China. Dr. Zhong's research area is enzymatic modification of lipids. Read the article and be sure to congratulate Dr. Zhong.

Do you have outstanding research that you think should be considered for this recognition? 

If you are a Young Scientist and would like your work featured as part of this new series, please email with an outline of your article, which will be reviewed by members of the Editorial Board. If your proposed article is considered positively by the Editorial Board you will be invited to submit your article to the JAOCS, which will then undergo the standard peer review process.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Deadline for three AOCS Awards extended to Sept. 1

The AOCS Fellow, Stephen S. Chang and Alton T. Bailey Awards recognize scientists and technologists who have contributed outstanding research and service to the oils, fats, and lipids industries. Help recognize valuable members of our community!

Learn how to submit a nomination via the links below or contact Victoria Santo for help.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Longtime member, volunteer, and AOCS Fellow Ragnar Ohlson passes

Ragnar Ohlson, an AOCS member since 1964, AOCS Fellow since 2009, AOCS Award of Merit winner in 2013, and longtime JAOCS Editorial Advisory Board Member passed away on June 21, 2019.

Among his many accomplishments, Ohlson was the general secretary of the International Society for Fat Research (ISF) for over 10 years and was instrumental in AOCS being named the ISF Secretariat in 1992. In addition, he was involved in the formation of the AOCS European Section.

Ohlson also served on the AOCS Governing Board (1994–1996), was co-chairman of the AOCS World Congress on Oil Technology (1995), and was a member of the JAOCS Editorial Advisory Board (1998–present). Further, Ohlson assisted AOCS by representing the Society at many European meetings and conferences.

Ohlson was also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (1983) and of the Royal Swedish Academy for Engineering Sciences (1975).

Monday, August 12, 2019

Upcoming AOCS #WebinarWednesdays

AOCS webinars are free and open to members and non-members. All registrants receive a copy of the recording.

Structural and Functional Properties of Plant Protein Isolates and Hydrolysates for Various Applications
August 14, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

B. Pam Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, will cover the structural and functional properties of various plant proteins from pea, camelina, and pennycressas as impacted by extraction and functionalization procedures, as well as potential applications. Register here.

Succeeding in process optimization tasks by using process simulation techniques. Episode 1: Soybean oil deodorization
August 28, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, will present advanced deodorization concepts and how to optimize deodorization without even going to the plant — all without jeopardizing operations. Register here.

Overcoming the challenges in the production & utilization of plant protein isolates in food
September 4, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Nagul S. Naguleswaran, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology Ingredion Incorporated, will review the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties. Register here.

Process improvements for cost-efficient pre-treatment in edible oil refining
September 11, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

Véronique Gibon, Science Manager at Desmet Ballestra Group (Belgium), R&D Department, will review the benefits of different improvements to chemical and physical refining, such as hydrodynamic cavitation and enzymatic degumming. Register here.

Career paths for young scientists: presented by the AOCS Young Professional Group
September 18, 2019, 12:00 noon CDT

A panel of four scientists from industry will share their stories of navigating the challenges and opportunities in management and technical career paths, including making the jump to consulting, to help you answer the question: “What comes next?” Register here.