Category Archives: Updates

General updates and notices


Chairman’s Report May 2015

The Oils & Fats Specialist Group Chairman’s Report  May 2015 We currently have 158 members on the mailing list and we are in a reasonable financial state with around $10K in bank deposits. However we have no major fundraiser on the near horizon so it is prudent to call for subscriptions at $25 per head on any new members to cover admin/expenses for the next five years.  We have about 80 handbooks in stock. Any existing member who now wants a copy can have one…

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AAOCS biannual conference update

Hello all,   Quick news update from the AAOCS committee for the Kiwi NZ oils and fats website: 1)      The AAOCS Award for Scientific Excellence in Lipid Research nomination date is closing soon. If you know someone who has been influential in the fats and oils industry or research please follow the process in the link. AAOCS Award for Scientific Excellence in Lipid Research 2)      The AAOCS biannual conference planning (at “The Pier” Geelong Waterfront 9-11 September) is well underway. Meeting flier attached, and all…

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Oils and Fats News April 2015

{{unknown}}Oils and Fats News April 2015 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST AAOCS Conference Geelong, Sept 9-11 The Australasian section of the American Oil Society (AAOCS) is holding their biannual conference at “The Pier” Geelong Waterfront 9-11 September, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is “Looking back, thinking forward” and aims to look at how far fats and oils research/industry has come as well as to the future to predict where it is heading. These meetings are characterized by good speakers, relevant topics and an excellent opportunity…

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The omega 3 controversial study done by Auckland Uni

 Comment from the NZIC Oils and Fats Group Dr. Laurence Eyres, MNZIC, FNZIFST 23/1/15 A group of NZ researchers (not professional analysts) from the University of Auckland recently investigated both % fatty acid composition and oxidation levels of off-the-shelf fish oil supplements. Selected fish oil supplements were not identified by brand owner. The results were skewed very negative- both on label claim compliance and oxidation levels. The attached study came out into the public recently and generated negative publicity for the industry, both in New…

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Oils and Fats News January 2015

Oils and Fats News January 2015 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST  “An Update on Edible Fats and Oils for Human Health” This was a one day event Held at the University of Auckland on 27/11/14, organised by NZIFST and the University of Auckland (UOA).It was sponsored by MPOC, UOA and the NZIC Oils and Fats Group. This was a very well -attended, free, full day seminar, primarily the work of Dave Pooch (NZIFST) ably assisted by Associate professor Siew Young –Quek of the UOA and their events…

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Oils and fats News December 2014

Update on Edible Fats and Oils for Human Health – free one day seminar University of Auckland, Thursday 27 November 2014   The saturated fat and coconut oil debate This continues with the over enthusiastic proponents marketing coconut oil as a cure- all for everything, defying the science and continuing to promote the oil as the healthiest ever. We have already reviewed the evidence and whilst it is not the intention to demonize this well established edible oil, the claims are unjustified and are…

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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.   ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 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 Agricultural Science Wuhan China What’s…

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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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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: 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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