The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fats and Oils recently turned down a U.S. request to create a standard that would "facilitate global trade" in genetically engineered high-oleic soybean oil, citing the need for more production and export forecast data. The committee indicated it would reconsider a revised proposal at its next session in 2015.
Spanish officials have approved a merger between the world's top producer of extra virgin olive oil, Hojiblanca, and Deoleo, the world's leading seller of of bottled olive oil, including the Bertolli, Carapelli and Carbonell brands.
The benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may also include improved immune B cell function, according to a study. “This study tested the hypothesis that DHA from fish oil is incorporated into the B cell membrane to alter lipid microdomain clustering and enhance B cell function," the researchers said.
SOHO Flordis has introduced a supplement that, it says, can reduce the absorption of fat calories without side effects. "In general terms, all fibers can combine with fat at a 1:1 ratio. FBCx can combine at the impressive ratio of 1:9," said Jeff McHarg of SOHO Flordis.
Solazyme has recently agreed to deals with Bunge and Archer Daniels Midland to make algal oils. Separately, Solazyme's algae-based biodiesel is being sold at four retail outlets in California for a limited time.