Setting an acceptable daily intake of fatty acid salts used in the manufacturing of emulsifiers and stabilizers is not necessary, according to the European Food Safety Authority's Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food. However, the panel says the European Commission should consider imposing maximum limits on trans fatty acids for the additives.
Certain bacteria and fungi strains such as Byssochlamys can cause biofuel contamination by feeding on fatty acid compounds, leading to excess carbon dioxide and organic acid production, and the corrosion of storage tanks, scientists say. A team of researchers have also identified a peptide-based molecule capable of stopping microbes from growing in jet fuel.
An eight-week trial of young men who performed regular resistance training while consuming either an insect-derived protein did not reveal differences in muscle strength or mass compared with subjects who instead took an isocaloric carbohydrate, according to Danish researchers.
Single-use items such as straws and carryout utensils are often made from plastics because they promote good health and hygiene and have less environmental impact than alternatives, says Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council. "We should all do our part to reduce waste by using reusable items when we can and declining straws or utensils when we don't need them," he said.
A guidance memo from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reduces the steps involved in determining whether a proposed plant expansion or industrial project's pollution increase warrants a New Source Review permit. Companies will also be allowed to include expected air pollution declines, the memo said.
Reciprocal switching "is a long-needed cure to a policy that has completely failed over the last 30 years," meets the Surface Transportation Board's policy mission and creates a fairer regulatory environment, argues Daniel Elliott III, former STB chairman.
The May registration deadline for phase-in substances under Europe's REACH program shouldn't be looked at as the end of regulation, writes Thomas Berbner. Registrations requires ongoing vigilance, while new substances will also fall under REACH, he writes.
Growth is likely in all aspects of the US chemical industry this year and next, according to a Zacks analysis that cites American Chemistry Council data. ACC projects 3.7% overall production growth sans pharmaceuticals this year, with 4.7% growth in basic chemicals.
Barriers to trade are the biggest "geopolitical risk," says Wacker Chemie CEO Rudolf Staudigl. Separately, Wacker reported higher 2017 revenue and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization compared with the previous year.
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