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10/18/2017

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s has issued new guidelines for omega-3 oxidation control. "Because oxidation can happen at any stage of handling an EPA/DHA-containing oil or finished product, these best-practice guidelines provide specific approaches on how to handle, store, and sample omega-3 products," GOED's Gerard Bannenberg said.

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10/18/2017

The European Food Safety Authority has approved 12 modified starches for use in sauce and pie fillings and has concluded that there is "no safety concern for the use of modified starches as food additives" and "no need for a numerical acceptable daily intake." While there was some concern about the absorption of modified starches, studies found amylose and amylopectin are naturally fermented by gut bacteria, producing short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed during digestion.

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FoodNavigator
10/18/2017

Food microbiology laboratories should focus on developing strong proficiency testing plans to keep pace with ISO 17025 accreditation and regulatory compliance. Several factors should be considered when designing a PT plan, such as PT providers, frequency and rotational models.

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Food Safety Tech
10/18/2017

The Environmental Protection Agency's draft strategic plan for fiscal 2018-22 contains many provisions outlined in the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act, including using data to develop high-throughput chemical-risk assessments. The agency also plans to seek alternatives to animal testing.

10/18/2017

ExxonMobil has opened the first of two lines at its polyethylene plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, with annual projected output of 650,000 tons. The second line will increase capacity by an additional 650,000 tons.

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10/18/2017

Scientists who receive grants from the Environmental Protection Agency could be kept off the agency's scientific advisory panels if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt enacts a policy he discussed at an event Tuesday. He said he wants advisers who "are objective, independent-minded, providing transparent recommendations to me as the administrator and to our office."

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The Hill
10/18/2017

Last week's Surface Transportation Board hearing on CSX's service included criticism from chemical companies and the American Chemistry Council. "CSX customer service was so unresponsive and uninformed; our members have been unable to tell their own customers when delayed shipments might be delivered," said Cal Dooley, ACC president and CEO.

10/18/2017

Royal Dutch Shell plans to build three major chemical complexes before 2020 that would almost double its chemical earnings to between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. The company plans to break ground on a facility in Pennsylvania within the next 10 weeks.

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10/18/2017

BASF has agreed to purchase Bayer's seed and herbicide business in a deal that BASF Crop Protection executives said is about acquiring a growing business. "We'll be receiving 1,800 staff as part of the transaction, so the knowledge transfer is very high and necessary for us to be successful," executive Paul Rea said.

10/18/2017

Celanese will expand or build compounding lines at five sites worldwide, including locations in Kentucky and Texas. Also planned is a Celstran long-fiber thermoplastics line in Winona, Minn.

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