All posts by Laurence Eyres


Lipids and nutraceuticals August 2020 Laurence Eyres and Mike Eyres

W E L C O M E Welcome to the new look for the newsletter. It was a suggestion from the late Bernie Radford that we branch out from straight oils and fats into the interesting world of natural compounds and  health. So, we have changed the name to reflect this perspective and we have been looking at compounds such as CBD, antioxidants, and vitamins in recent newsletters A N N U A L D I N N E R A N D    A G…

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Oils and Fats News April 2020

Oils and Fats News April 2020 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST COVID-19 As the disease begins to dominate all aspects of our day to day lives it’s hard to envisage that one day we will return to normal and get back to other issues. Whilst not giving medical advice I have been giving some thought as to how we can support our natural nutrition and resistance to this type of RNA virus. There are several well documented articles in the literature that point to certain natural ingredients…

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Oils and Fats News September 2019

OBITUARY FOR BERNIE RADFORD We  are sad to report the passing of one of our enthusiastic and active members. Bernie was always full of ideas and was the first to suggest that we branch out into other areas that encompassed natural products and were not fats by strict definition. We have followed this direction and have now widened the scope to include hemp extracts, antioxidants and other lipid-like molecules. Bernie was always a supporter of dairy products and defended any attacks on milkfat or dairy protein. This was probably since…

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Oils and Fats News July/August 2019 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST

Oils and Fats News July/August 2019 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Major award for long serving Oils and Fats member   One of our long serving members Associate Professor Marie Wong has been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology’s (NZIFST) most prestigious award, the JC Andrews Award. She received the award at the NZIFST annual conference last week in Christchurch. The award recognizes members who have made a substantial contribution to science and technology and leadership in the food industry. It is presented…

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Oils and Fats news May/June 2019

Oils and Fats news May/June 2019 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST AGM and dinner The annual get together at the Northern Club in Auckland was attended this year by 30 people.  The group keeps going albeit quietly after 36 years. As usual the food and drink were excellent, the networking and conversation scintillating and in a fit of euphoria the brief AGM re-elected the existing committee. People were reminded of the upcoming world congress in Sydney in February 2020. The details of the student awards for the…

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Oils and Fats News March 2019

{{unknown}}Oils and Fats News March 2019 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST John Edward Birch FNZIC, FNZIFST A long-time member of the group, a friend and colleague and a very active scientist in the field of lipids passed away in early March after a long battle with melanoma. John was originally an industrial chemist, joined the DSIR (back in the day before the Crown Research Institutes) then joined Otago University. Over the years he had supervised many undergraduates, masters and PhD candidates, a significant number in the field…

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Oils and Fats News January 2019

Oils and Fats News January 2019 Laurence Eyres NZIFST World Congress (Conference 2020) The programme for this major event in Sydney is now being progressed. The processing section organisers of the conference are now assembling topics and speakers for this event. If you have seen or recently listened to an excellent speaker on a relevant subject, please let Lucky Inturissi, Matt Miller or Laurence Eyres know via this website. Kurt G. Berger 1923-2018 Last year saw the passing at 95 of an industrial…

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Oils and Fats News December 2018

{{unknown}}Oils and Fats News December 2018 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST The World Congress on Oils and Fats will be held in Sydney, Australia from 9-12 February 2020. WCOF20 aims to attract 600+ of the world’s leading exports, academics, researchers, students and commercial supporters in the fields of fats, oils, and lipid research to Sydney. Through an extensive program of concurrent themes including state-of-the-art lectures and supporting in depth reviews, free oral communications, industry exhibits and professional networking opportunities, the Congress is designed to bring together science,…

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Oils and Fats News October 2018

Oils and Fats News October 2018 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST   Replacing EDTA in food Kemin Industries, a leading provider of shelf-life extension and food safety solutions that help manufacturers keep food and beverage products safe, recently introduced NaturFORT™ RSGT, a blend of rosemary, spearmint and green tea plant extracts. The new plant extract solution has been found to provide shelf-life extension in salad dressings and sauces and is a consumer-friendly alternative as manufacturers seek a replacement for previously used products such as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).…

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Oils and Fats News August 2018

Oils and Fats News August 2018 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Reducing sample testing times for 3-MCPD and glycidol analysis Two contaminants in processed oils that are coming under greater scrutiny are 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and glycidol esters (GE). These compounds are formed in oil when refined at high temperatures (>150oC). Refining is necessary for food oils to ensure safety and palatability. Unfortunately, it also can trigger the formation of 3-MCPD and GE which have been found to have harmful carcinogenic and mutagenic effects. The European Food Safety…

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