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Food and Drug Administration Cracks Down on Trans Fats

The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans-fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to rid the use of artificial trans-fats almost entirely. Consumers aren’t likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite foods, but the administration says the move will to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent heart attacks. Scientists report that there are not any health benefits to trans-fats used in processed foods and in restaurants to improve texture, shelf life and flavor. Trans-fats can raise levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol, leading to increased risk of heart disease, now the leading cause of death in the United States. The fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid, which is why they are often called partially hydrogenated oils. NBC New York

New GMO labeling bill discussion draft released

A new discussion draft of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) was released Thursday. The House Energy and Commerce Committee also announced it would hold a hearing on June 18, 2015 to discuss an alternative amendment created by the House Agriculture Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is a bipartisan bill that was introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) in March. The legislation would create a national, science-based standard for the safety and labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). Dairy Herd


US biofuel plan rattles ethanol credits

New US biofuel targets have been developed from ethanol credits to Malaysian palm oil, underlining the consequences of mandates to use food products to power cars. A mandate was recently unveiled that proposes less ethanol and greater biodiesel use than originally outlined by the law. Oil and grain traders continue to monitor The Renewable Fuel Standard.  US consumption represents almost a tenth of world oil use, so adjustments to ethanol blending levels have an influence on oil markets. The Financial Times


Evaluation of canola oil oleogels with candelilla wax as an alternative to shortening in baked goods

In a recent study published in Food Chemistry by Lee et al. canola oil oleogels with candelilla wax were evaluated as an alternative to shortening in baked goods. Oleogels properties including firmness and viscosity were prepared containing shortening and containing oleogel (as a shortening replacer). The physiochemical effects and chemical composition of both samples were investigated. Results showed a 92% increase in unsaturated fatty acids in the oleogel samples in comparison to a 47.2% increase in the shortening sample. RSSL


CME declares force majeure for corn, soy shipping stations due to floods

A notice from an exchange operator CME Group Inc. declared force majeure for all corn and soybean shipping stations due to flooding on the Illinois River. The notice stated that the majority of the shipping facilities are on the river and serve as delivery points for crops traded on CME’s Chicago Board of Trade. A number of the facilities are unable to load crops due to the high water levels. Reuters


Raising palm oil prices could help to save endangered tigers and orangutans, study claims

A study claims that raising palm oil prices could help to save endangered tigers and orangutans. The study found that if supermarkets increased their price of products containing palm oil, it may aid in saving the animals if the additional money raised went to forest conservation. The study found that consumers would be willing to pay between 15- 56% extra for products containing palm oil if they knew that it would help to protect the natural habitats of threatened animals and plants in Indonesia and Africa, where palm plantations have spread rapidly over the past 20 years. The Independent


Soybean Promotion and Research: Amend the Order To Adjust Representation on the United Soybean Board

This proposed rule would adjust the number of members on the United Soybean Board to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2012. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act membership on the Board is reviewed every 3 years and adjustments are made. This proposed change would result in an increase in Board membership for three States, increasing the total number of Board members from 70 to 73. These changes would be reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order and would be effective for the 2016 appointment process. Proposed Rule

The WWF says feed sector has duty to source soy responsibly

The WWF is stepping up pressure on the feed industry to source soy responsibly following the release of a new research report, which found that 93% of the soy consumed in the EU is embedded in animal feed. The organization believes the food industry has a duty to source soy responsibly through Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) procedures. These procedures in turn prevent negative impacts on both people and the environment.  Feed Navigator