Oils and Fats News April 2017

Oils and Fats News

April 2017

Laurence Eyres

AGM and Annual Dinner

This will be held at The Northern Club on May 15th at 6 pm. A notice will be sent out soon.

We are looking for new members and for anyone willing to serve on the committee. It’s not onerous.

New members pay a once only fee of $25.00 and whilst in stock, get a free copy of the Handbook of Australasian Edible Oils.



Dr. Matt Miller is looking for expressions of interest in attending the AAOCS seminar at Chateau Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.

The 10th AAOCS biennial meeting “Biotechnology, Lipidomics and Nutrition” to be held at Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley SA 11-13th September 2017.

Webpage is https://aaocs2017.wordpress.com/

The theme is Biotechnology, Lipidomics and Nutrition

         They have some great keynote speakers lined up to cover the themes (Kent Chapman, Peter Meikle & Penny Kris-Etherton click here for more info)

Chateau Tanunda is the home of prize winning Gernache and Shiraz.



Interesting Science website

AdvancedScienceNews.com in association with Lipid-Technology has a new website and encourages you to take a closer look. If you like it, please tell your friends and if you don´t, please tell us.
Advanced Science News articles are written by editorial staff across Wiley journals and concentrate on three major themes, namely sustainability, healthcare, and technology, as well as the underlying fundamental science. Freelance journalists also contribute and you can too if you would like!


Here are some examples:


How to Grow Nanomushrooms 

Manipulating Light with Magnetic Bacteria 

Inform Literature Reviews

AOCS premium content library exclusively for members has been launched and is now live! The next time you log into inform connect, you will see a new tab in your navigation bar for the “AOCS Premium Content Library.”


GOED reacts to Codex’s new fish oil standard

The Codex Committee on Fats and Oils has completed a new fish oil standard that will be adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in July. While the new guidelines are not mandatory, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s says countries will have to be vigilant about trade implications, as well as fatty acid profiles changing over time. GOED have also relaunched the Fats of Life newsletter.



Study links Med diet to lower risk of deadly form of breast cancer

Women who follow a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil reduce their risk of developing one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer — estrogen-receptor-negative — by about 40%, a new study has found. The researchers followed 60,000 women ages 55 to 69 over a 20-year period.

Olive Oil Times (3/9)

DSM, Evonik to invest $200M in algae-based omega-3 facility

Royal DSM and Evonik will manufacture omega-3 fatty acids from marine algae for use in salmon aquaculture and pet food. The companies will invest $200 million in the project over the next two years, with initial production expected to satisfy 15% of the salmon aquaculture industry’s annual need.

Food Ingredients First (Netherlands) (3/13)

A Lipid Icon

I have found that a lot of new entrants to the food industry are not au fait with both official standards of analysis, the implications of such results and where to go to obtain reproducible and reliable methods. Lipid science and analysis used to be well populated with world class scientists. Sadly, many of them have passed on or have retired. I think it’s interesting to reference the work of these historical lipid heroes and pay tribute to their work.

Dr. Leopold Hartman worked under Brian Shorland in DSIR Fats Research Laboratory and was responsible for producing simplified methods of analysis, streamlining whilst reproducing the same results as official methods. For years, I used his derivatization technique for methyl esters for GLC. (Laboratory Practice, 1973). Dr Bill Christie has stated that the Hartman method is the most reliable and consistent of all the fatty acid methyl ester techniques.  After leaving NZ he went to work in Brazil  at Embrapa,the Brazilian Agricultural Research Institute and published many more papers. He died in 2002 at the age of 98.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (ROW as well?).

The old Food Pyramid has been confined to the scrap heap.

Dietary Guidelines identified six components of a healthy eating pattern:

  • A variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, legumes, starchy and other vegetables
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Grains, half of which are whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese and soy beverages
  • A variety of proteins, including seafood, lean meats, poultry and eggs
  • Healthy Oils



Cadbury Dunedin Closure

All in NZ were saddened and disappointed to hear the news that Kraft under its anonymous jackboot organisation Mendelez International has announced the closure of the Dunedin factory with the loss of 350 jobs.

Mendelez will shift production to low wage countries following the Rust belt and Trump philosophy of alienating the rest of the world.


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