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Update on edible fats and oils for human health

NZIFST is co-hosting a  one-day seminar on ”Update on edible fats and oils for human health” and invites you to attend.   The flyer and programme are attached.   To register for this free and catered event, go to https://www.conf.auckland.ac.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=284&s=_4FC0OQ150 9.00 to 9.30AM Registration and welcome tea/coffee 9.30 to 9.40 Welcome/official opening 9.40 to 10.20 Keynote address Dr Kalyana Sundram Deputy CEO Malaysia Palm Oil Council Challenges and responses in the oils and fats industry 10.20 to 10.50 Prof Chen Hong, Oil Crops Research Institute, Academy of…

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AOCS Awards Program

Hello, Here is some information about the AOCS award program. The AOCS awards program recognizes achievements and contributions to the profession, industry, and Society. With your help, the AOCS awards program can continue to recognize those individuals who are worthy of this honor. October 15 deadline: Stephen S. Chang Award: recognizing scientists who have made decisive accomplishments in research for the improvement or development of products related to lipids. November 1 deadline: Baldwin Distinguished Service Award: the Society’s highest service award. Award of Merit: recognizing…

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Oils and Fats News October 2014

The saturated fat debate An informed measured response to recent articles about saturated fat and coronary heart disease has recently been published on the Otago University health matters website. The recent review and meta-analysis by Chowdhury et. al. created a great deal of controversy. The Otago researchers, long experienced in this field, have reiterated the advice that reducing saturated fat in the diet with unsaturated fats has a beneficial effect and lowers incidence of mortality from this disease. The National Heart Foundation are currently reviewing…

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Oils and Fats News August 2014

AGM and Winter Dinner An enjoyable meal and social was held at The Grand Harbour Chinese Restaurant on The Viaduct in Auckland. Fuelled by good food and wine the members elected the existing committee and re-appointed the auditor. The Chairman’s report is on the website. http://www.oilsfats.org.nz/ Papers presented at NZIFST conference July 2014 Antioxidants A really practical and modern guide to natural antioxidant choice, was presented by Harish Metel of Kemin. This area is of vital importance to NZ food manufacturers particularly exporters as many…

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Food Act 2014

You’ll probably be aware by now that the Food Bill has received the Royal Assent, and is now the Food Act 2014. The Act can be viewed at: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2014/0032/latest/DLM2995811.html?search=ta_act_F_ac%40ainf%40anif_an%40bn%40rn_25_a&p=4 Some provisions of the new Act are in force already. These are powers that are conferred on the Director General of MPI, and that would typically be used in a food safety response situation. The key powers are: – direction to complete and supply a declaration – direction to impose movement or related controls – direction…

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Review: Processing Contaminants in Edible Oils: MCPD and Glycidyl Esters

Processing Contaminants in Edible Oils: MCPD and Glycidyl Esters Edited by Shaun MacMahon AOCS press, Illinois, 2014 www.aocs.org ISBN 978-0-9888565-0-9. 230 pages. Hardback. $110.00 USD Amazon electronic version $85.00 USD Industry, academia and legislators have awaited the publication of a book such as this for quite some time. Heightened awareness around the presence of fatty acid esters of monochloropropanediol in refined edible oils began in 2006 with a publication by Zelinkova. This book was published following a key seminar to address this issue at an AOCS conference in 2011. The issue attracted intense scrutiny because…

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Oils and Fats News June 2014

Annual dinner and AGM This will be held at Grand Harbour Chinese restaurant on the viaduct in Auckland. The date to book in diaries is Tuesday, 24 June. A very tasty banquet is planned and as usual excellent wines will be provided in a private room. We hope as many people as possible will attend this informal evening. The booking form is on the new website. The New website Contributions, comments, additions and suggestions are welcomed by members. If anyone wants to delve into the…

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Oils & Fats News April 2014

New Website Chris Newey of Foodworks has been revitalising our website. The address and login are as before and we will continue to add relevant information for the industry and academia. The new site is meant to be interactive and to encourage participation in discussions. We hope also to continue the fight against non-scientific myths which only serve to confuse the consumer. http://www.oilsfats.org.nz/ Modified Mediterranean Diet For many years now the benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet have been promoted with these benefits attributed to…

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Welcome to our new website …

Oils and fats Group 2014 Dear colleagues, Welcome to the new look website for the group. We are hoping to stimulate more interest in the field which encompasses more than just straight oils and fats. We are looking for current credible information on antioxidants, functional foods, nutrition updates and myth destruction. There is so much rubbish published on the web and in social media that one sometimes despairs about legitimate science messages getting through. Our role is to try and be a credible source of…

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