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News Article | April 17, 2017

​​​​​​​​​​Natural supplement company Botanical Craft launches Palm Fruit™ liquid capsules, a phytonutrient supplement that has been proven to slow and reverse the aging process. (1) Palm Fruit™ contains dozens of phytonutrients, including fat-soluble antioxidants such as tocotrienols, tocopherols, and carotenoids all obtained from the oil-based palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis). Over the last two decades, over 35 human clinical studies have uncovered the unique anti-aging properties of palm-based phytonutrients, with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) granting over $2.5 million to support the research. (2) The palm-based tocotrienols and carotenoids have been found to boost the skin’s natural defense against UVA and UVB rays, prevent DNA damage associated with aging, and trigger the regrowth of hair on the scalp in those suffering from hair loss. (3–5) “I originally imported the palm fruit extract in 2006 as a natural remedy for my mother's hair loss after hearing about the emerging research,” said Potratz, product formulator for Botanical Craft. “After seeing the results my mother experienced, I started selling the palm fruit extract, and continued to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback.” In 2012, Eric Potratz teamed up with investor Dustin McCluskey to launch Palm Fruit™ under the brand Botanical Craft. “We originally launched Palm Fruit™ as a mixable powder, but it was messy and difficult to use,” explained McCluskey. “We went back to the drawing board, improved virtually every aspect of the product, and are now relaunching with the new Palm Fruit™ liquid capsules.” Nutritional scientists have found that the average daily adult diet, which includes several servings of fruits and vegetables, only provides about 2 mg per day of tocotrienols, and about 10 mg per day of carotenoids. (6) Yet, clinical research shows that the ideal intake of these nutrients is at least 160 mg, and 30 mg per day, respectively. (1, 3–5) Palm Fruit™ delivers this clinically effective dose in two capsules, and is currently the only product in the world to deliver such a dose. The phytonutrients are extracted from red palm oil through a patented vacuum distillation process that produces a finished phytonutrient extract 250 times more concentrated than the fresh palm fruit. “You’d have to drink an entire cup of red palm oil to get the same dose of phytonutrients in two capsules of Palm Fruit™,” added Potratz. “There are hundreds of anti-aging supplements on the market, many of which are just sprinkled with miniscule amounts of buzzword ingredients for marketing appeal,” explained McCluskey. “Although our product has a high production cost, we know that we are delivering a supplement that is supported by more human clinical research than any other product on the market.” Each batch of Palm Fruit™ is tested for purity, identity, and strength; and is produced in a GMP and NSF certified facility in the USA. Palm Fruit™ is NON-GMO Project Verified, vegan certified, hypoallergenic, and free of all additives. “We go beyond GMP and verify that each batch is free of dangerous pesticides, solvents, and other potential contaminates. We also protect the active ingredients from oxygen throughout the entire supply-chain to ensure maximum freshness,” added Potratz. Palm Fruit™ slows the aging process for men and women of any age, and Botanical Craft believes it will be a household staple in the near future. “We might be the first on the market with a clinically relevant palm fruit extract, but we certainly won't be the last,” said Potratz. Palm Fruit™ can be purchased on or directly from on a monthly subscription. Founded in 2012, Botanical Craft formulates Palm Fruit™ with the mission to bring extraordinary phytonutrients to the masses for greater health and wellness. Botanical Craft recognizes the importance of ethical practices, and only uses palm fruit extract originating from RSPO qualified growers in West Malaysia who follow sustainable practices. To support wildlife, Botanical Craft donates 1% of all revenue to the World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia, a conservation group that works to protect and restore rainforests in Malaysia. 1. Loganathan R Jr, et al. 2010. Health promoting effects of phytonutrients found in palm oil. Malays. J. Nutr. 16(2):309–22 3. Césarini JP, et al. 2003. Immediate effects of UV radiation on the skin: modification by an antioxidant complex containing carotenoids. Photodermatol. Photoimmunol. Photomed. 19(4):182–89 4. Beoy LA, et al. 2010. Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in humans. Tropical Life Sciences Research. 21(2):91–99 5. Chin S-F, et al. 2007. Reduction of DNA damage in older healthy adults by Tri E tocotrienol supplementation. Nutrition. 24(1):1–10 6. Ong ASH, et al. 1995. Tocopherols and tocotrienols in key foods in the us diet. In Nutrition, Lipids, Health, and Disease, ed ASH Ong, E Niki. AOCS Press

News Article | May 26, 2017

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2017) - Phenomenex Inc., a global leader in the research, design and manufacture of advanced technologies for the separation sciences, introduces a trio of Zebron™ GC columns specially developed for the analysis of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) in food. Identification and measurement of these compounds in food products such as cheese, peanut butter, infant formula, cooking oils and oil-based nutritional supplements is increasingly important in meeting labeling requirements and testing for product adulteration. The Zebron ZB-FAME leads the new trio of Phenomenex GC columns. This stationary phase offers selectivity targeting a 37-compound mix, in a column that's much shorter than traditional solutions. The shorter column reduces run times to about 11 minutes -- a decrease of 75 percent or more -- while still providing R values of 1.0 or greater. Its optimized high-cyanopropyl chemistry delivers the required high polarity for the separation of cis/trans FAME isomers and meets the guidelines of AOAC, AOCS and IOC methods. Zebron ZB-FAME columns also come with a guarantee based on Phenomenex' unique QC testing protocols, where every column is individually QC-tested against the target 37 compounds for FAME analysis. "Cis/trans FAME analysis has historically been carried out with long columns, which produce corresponding long run times," explained Kristen Parnell, product marketing manager for Phenomenex. "With our innovative new chemistry, we've been able to improve the separations to such a degree that they can be carried out on far shorter columns, saving analysts up to 45 minutes per run." The new chemistry is stable enough to withstand temperatures as high as 280 ˚C, enabling inclusion of column baking steps to remove contaminants traditionally left behind when analyzing food samples, improving column lifetime. Second in the new trio is Zebron ZB-88 -- a new GC alternative to other 88-phase columns for the separation of cis/trans isomers. This column is well suited for the analysis of olive and hydrogenated oils. The third new column, Zebron ZB-23, is a cost-effective alternative to existing 23-phase columns for the separation of cis/trans isomers in a group of products that includes omega-3 and fish oils. Both the ZB-88 and ZB-23 columns can be used in direct substitution for traditional products recommended for use with regulatory methods. "These three new columns for FAME analysis add to the portfolio we already have in place for food testing," said Parnell. "Our focus is on keeping our ears to the ground in this dynamic industry, listening to the evolving needs of customers and developing innovative solutions to meet them." Phenomenex is a global technology leader committed to developing novel analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, clinical research, government and academic laboratories. From drug discovery and pharmaceutical development to food safety and environmental analysis, Phenomenex chromatography solutions accelerate science and help researchers improve global health and well-being. For more information on Phenomenex, visit or follow the company on Twitter @Phenomenex. Attached: Photo Link to this release at: Please send READER INQUIRIES from this news release directly to:

News Article | February 15, 2017

French Oil Mill Machinery Company, a custom machinery manufacturer, has announced their 2017 trade show and event schedule for their hydraulic press, rubber mixer, polymer and oilseed equipment product lines. At each event, French sales engineers will be pleased to discuss manufacturing requirements and how French can improve customers' processes with custom engineered and manufactured equipment or with service of existing equipment. The event schedule covers a wide range of domestic and international markets and industries from composite, rubber and printed circuit boards to biodiesel and oilseeds. The French hydraulic press group will display their wide range of custom hydraulic press systems at the IPC Apex Expo, JEC World, SAMPE, CAMX and the International Rubber Expo. Information on TMP style rubber mixers and French dewatering and drying screw presses will also be available at the Rubber Expo. In addition, the French polymer group will attend the 4th World Elastomer Summit and the IISRP Annual General Meeting. The French oilseed group attended the National Biodiesel Conference last month and will also attend the IOMSA Summer Convention and 4th High Oleic Oils International Congress later this year. Their Achiever oilseed extraction screw press and other oilseed processing equipment will be featured at the AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcase, the AOCS Latin Congress and the Oils and Fats International Trade Fair. The latter two shows and the HOC Congress are new to French's event schedule this year. Please contact French if you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of French's sales engineers at any of the 2017 trade shows and events. For more detailed information about the products displayed at each event and for event dates and locations please visit the posted trade show and event schedule on

Privalle L.S.,BASF | Chen J.,Syngenta Biotechnology | Clapper G.,AOCS | Hunst P.,Bayer AG | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2012

"Genetically modified" (GM) or "biotech" crops have been the most rapidly adopted agricultural technology in recent years. The development of a GM crop encompasses trait identification, gene isolation, plant cell transformation, plant regeneration, efficacy evaluation, commercial event identification, safety evaluation, and finally commercial authorization. This is a lengthy, complex, and resource-intensive process. Crops produced through biotechnology are the most highly studied food or food component consumed. Before commercialization, these products are shown to be as safe as conventional crops with respect to feed, food, and the environment. This paper describes this global process and the various analytical tests that must accompany the product during the course of development, throughout its market life, and beyond. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Blumhorst M.R.,Archer Daniels Midland Company | Collison M.W.,Archer Daniels Midland Company | Cantrill R.,AOCS | Shiro H.,Kao Corporation | And 3 more authors.
JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society | Year: 2013

An interlaboratory study was conducted to evaluate a method for determining glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE) in edible oils. Samples were dissolved in tert-butyl methyl ether/ethyl acetate and subjected to two solid-phase extraction (SPE) steps. The first SPE step utilized methanol elution from a C18 cartridge, and the second SPE step utilized n-hexane/ethyl acetate elution from a silica cartridge. The final extract was analyzed using liquid chromatography with a single quadrupole mass spectrometer in selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. Quantification was performed using external standardization. Eighteen samples (9 oils × 2 blind duplicates) were assayed for glycidyl palmitate, glycidyl stearate, glycidyl oleate, glycidyl linoleate and glycidyl linolenate by 17 collaborating laboratories from seven countries. Sample matrices included palm, olive, corn, soybean and rapeseed oils. Repeatability (RSDr) ranged from 6.85 to 19.88 % and reproducibility (RSDR) ranged from 16.58 to 35.52 % for samples containing greater than 0.5 mg/kg of individual GE. HORRATR values ranged from 0.62 to 14.70 for determination of total GE. The method provides acceptable results for quantification of GE in edible oils. © 2012 AOCS.

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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