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Johnson A.L.,AOCS
INFORM - International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials | Year: 2010

The Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) were established by the Soybean Quality Traits (SQT) Oversight Committee as the primary methods for the determination of moisture, protein, and oil content and fatty acid composition. The SQT Program is also investigating methods of analysis for sugar content in soybeans and the use of miniaturized technologies such as mass spectroscopy for possible use in field analysis of soybeans. The SQT Program has matured to meet the soybean industry and the different United Soybean Board (USB) constituencies and projects. Quality traits analysis is a feature of a number of USB projects where analytical requirements can be met by laboratories participating in the SQT Program. Each group of SQT users has been approached and encouraged to integrate their analytical laboratories into the proficiency testing program.

Cassiday L.,AOCS
International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials | Year: 2016

Coconut is the oil du jour, attracting endorsements from athletes and celebrities for its alleged health-promoting effects. The oil, once considered exotic outside of the tropics, is showing up in supermarkets and health food stores everywhere, often advertised as a "functional food." Yet not long ago, coconut oil was reviled by health experts, lumped in the same unhealthful category as lard and tallow because of its high content of saturated fat. As saturated fat has embarked on the long road to exoneration, many people are starting to appreciate the unique physical and chemical characteristics of coconut oil, not only as a cooking oil, but also as a cosmetic ingredient, an antimicrobial agent, a biofuel, and even a possible medicine for ailments ranging from obesity to Alzheimer's disease. But does the scientific evidence of coconut oil's benefits justify the hype?.

Herman C.,AOCS
International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials | Year: 2015

It is a matter of time before biofuels become essential for powering the planet. As the population grows and the fossil fuel supply continues to dwindle, we will need sustainable, bio-based fuels to take the lead in the energy market. But, biofuels, most notably ethanol, have received criticism because they often compete with food for land space, putting food stocks at risk.

Clapper G.,AOCS
INFORM - International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials | Year: 2010

AOCS Technical Services has conducted its 101st AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo 2010 to focus on the food safety management systems (FSMS). The meeting covered food safety several management concepts including the farm, bulk grain, food/ingredient manufacturers, and information on AOCS' role in the ISO process. One of the presentations during the conference focused on the ISO 22006:2009: The application of ISO 900 1:2008 in Crop Production. John G. Surak, of Surak and Associates discussed on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) and ISO 22000 certification systems. The GFSI mission is to facilitate convergence of food safety standards, improve cost efficiency of the FSMS process and provide an international platform for networking. The FSMS involves a continuous improvement of the food safety management system including validation, verification, and monitoring.

Wolowiec J.,AOCS
INFORM - International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials | Year: 2010

The 116th Annual Summer Convention of the International Oil Mill Superintendents Association (IOMSA) Convention, was held on June 13-15, 2010, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The efforts of the National Cottonseed Products Association (NCPA) towards raising the profile of cottonseed oil, including the development of talking points for the media, trade industry audiences, industry experts, and researchers, were discussed at the conference. Topics such as the functional characteristics of more common vegetable oils and status of food/feed safety legislation being considered by the US Congress were also discussed. An another discussion encompassed an overview of decentralized oilseed processing, emphasizing its advantages to produce food, feed, and fuel from locally grown feedstocks. Presenters addressed the topic of 'Sustainability in Processing', discussing the origins of the concept of sustainability, how it is used in the oilseed processing industry generally, and how it will impact a company's business model and mission.

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