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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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Oils & Fats News January / February 2014

Conferences in 2014 105th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo May 4-7, 2014 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio, Texas. (The site of the Alamo). This looks to be of the normal high calibre of these meetings. annualMeeting.aocs.org Lipid section of the annual NZIFST conference Christchurch, July 1-3, 2014. There will be an oil and fats/lipids/antioxidants session at the conference. Any interest in presenting then please contact the secretary. www.nzifst.org.nz/conference.asp Veteran Lipid Researcher offers inspiration for the semi -retired! The researcher, Fred Kummerow, an…

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Oils and Fats News December 2013

USFDA bans trans fats The FDA in the US has announced that it intends to ban artificial trans-fatty acids from the nation’s food supply because the substances increase the risk of heart disease. They quoted their medical experts saying “there is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fat.” The AOCS, the American Oil Chemists Society known as “Your Global Oil and Fats Connection“ has worked for years to finesse and finalise the Official methods of analysis for these materials in food. The AOCS are…

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REVIEW: Lipid Oxidation (Challenges in Food Systems)

Lipid Oxidation (Challenges in Food Systems) Editors: Amy Logan, Uwe Nienaber, Xiangquing (Shawn) Pan AOCS press 2013 www.aocs.org List Price: $250.00 Member Price: $190.00 This 15-chapter, 500-page book with 35 editors and authors covers entirely new ground. Some of the authors are well-known and have years of experience in the field of oils and fats. However, more than a dozen new authors present fresh perspectives that are not covered in other books, published by AOCS and other publishers that cover lipid oxidation in full. Consequently,…

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Oils and Fats News August 2013

AGM and Mid Winter Dinner A convivial meeting was had by all 28 people who attended this year’s dinner at the Northern Club in Auckland. The current officials were again voted in and life goes on perhaps with a more modern and catchy title. Omega-3 and prostate cancer This recent Meta analysis has really put the cat amongst the pigeons with the poor authors being vilified and criticized.  Whatever happened to scientific democracy where one can publish a paper and have it open to fair…

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