Denmark will be the first country to ban PFAS chemicals from food contact materials with a regulation that takes effect in 2020. The toxicity and regulation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances is under intense debate in both the US and the EU.
AAK is acquiring a majority stake in Soya International, and the new AAK Soya International will be one of the world's leading suppliers of specialty lecithin products. AAK is "globally recognized" in the oils and fats sector for co-development of unique solutions for customer products, said Senior Director Alec van Veldhoven, and the new company aims to "deliver this value proposition in the lecithin sector."
The global market for pea protein is expected to reach $176 million by 2025, compared to $32 million in 2017, according to Allied Market Research. Pea protein's neutral taste, nutritional content and sustainability credentials are cultivating its popularity as an ingredient in meat substitutes, as well as a plant-based alternative to whey protein.
Climate change could decrease fish populations as demand grows, resulting in a global shortage of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, researchers argue in the journal Ambio. Less-populated countries with large fish production and wealthy countries able to import DHA sources would be less affected, but some Asian countries and most of Africa could have insufficient access to the key nutrient.
Indonesian researchers are working on a new chemical catalyst that accelerates the chemical conversion of palm oil into biofuels. The Bandung Institute of Technology is working with the Pertamina Research and Technology Center, connected to the state-owned oil and gas company, in the hope of ramping up biofuel production.
Sacha inchi oil, derived from an Amazonian plant, shows potential as a skin moisturizer, Thai researchers report in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The oil is up to 40% higher in omega-6s and up to 50% higher in omega-3 fatty acids than olive oil, the researchers said, and also contains natural antioxidants.
The precision scheduling model used by CSX and other railroad companies has been criticized as monopolistic by shippers, including chemical companies such as Olin. "The shippers and carriers need each other, and if we need to be the marriage counselor, we will be," says Ann Begeman, chairwoman of the Surface Transportation Board.
The Government Accountability Office introduced the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team in January to conduct reviews of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, and their potential for various industries. One example of its use in policy is when Congress relied on a GAO chemical manufacturing report to build support for the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019.
Ninety-seven countries have ratified the Basel Convention's Ban Amendment, giving the proposal enough support to become official. The amendment bars developed nations from exporting hazardous waste to nondeveloped nations, although the US has not ratified the amendment or the Basel Convention.
The Mississippi River is sustaining higher water levels for longer periods, potentially resulting in delays for chemical companies sending shipments under the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans, says Clint Willson of Louisiana State University's Center for River Studies. Wanhua Chemical is anticipating high water levels in 2020-21 that could delay shipments to its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate site.
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