Monday, 27 April 2015

Snackex, the only trade fair focused on savory snacks

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  Snackex, the trade fair organized by the European Snacks Association (ESA (http://www.esasnacks...

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 Kofi Annan and Nane Annan met with The International Potato Center (CIP) and its partners to discus...

Scholarships for the relatives of NPPGA members

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PROFEL’s Conference: Why frozen and canned vegetables reduce food waste

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  The representatives from Europe’s leading frozen and canned vegetable producers met with opinion for...

EU member states will have the freedom to decide on the GMOs use for food and feed

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The EU Commission presented the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorizat...

EU Commission is co-funding “Potato Potential” program on the Irish and UK markets

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Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

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The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

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Monsanto is researching techniques to reduce unhealthy fats in soybean oil.

The announcement follows the recent establishment of federal guidelines that will require food manufacturers to disclose the amount of trans-fat on food labels.

Monsanto researchers are applying conventional breeding and biotechnology techniques to develop soybeans that will produce oil containing less trans- and saturated fats.

"Monsanto researchers are looking at ways to enhance soybeans so that they are healthier and, in turn, can reduce risks that lead to cardiovascular disease," said David Stark, Monsanto's Vice President of Global Industry Partnerships. Stark made the announcement today at the American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

"It is our hope that these enhanced soybeans will provide economic and environmental benefits for growers, and healthier agricultural solutions for consumers who are concerned about their intake of unhealthy fats."

Specifically, Monsanto is applying conventional breeding techniques to produce a soybean low in linolenic acid.

The process of hydrogenation reduces the amount of linolenic acid in soy oil and creates trans-fatty acids. This soybean would produce a soy oil that reduces the need for hydrogenation, and, in turn, could help reduce trans-fats in many foods and even eliminate trans- fats in some.

This product, which is currently being tested both in the field and laboratory, should be available in limited quantities in time to meet the US federal government's 2006 labeling guidelines for trans-fats in food products.

Monsanto is also applying conventional breeding techniques to produce a soybean high in oleic acid. This soybean, which also would be low in linolenic acid, would produce soy oil high in levels of healthy monounsaturated fat.

Once commercialised, the company intends to offer these traits in conjunction with its popular Roundup Ready technology, which has become the product of choice for American soybean growers.

Finally, Monsanto will apply biotechnology to develop a soybean that will enable the production of a trans- and saturated fat-free soy oil, the first natural oil that could make the claim of being saturated fat-free.

"Monsanto is committed to developing products that benefit growers, and to providing new products that deliver tangible benefits to consumers, including enhanced nutrition," Stark said.

Trans-fats, which are produced through the hydrogenation of soy oil to increase its shelf life or the solid nature of the fat, have been found to raise total blood cholesterol levels and levels of LDL cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, and may contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Monsanto also is researching other quality improvement traits focused on delivering benefits to consumers. For example, the company is researching an oilseed crop that could produce a vegetable oil enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fish oil, have been shown to play a part in keeping cholesterol levels low, stabilising irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), and reducing blood pressure.

"Given the early stage of development of this research, we are working closely with academics, food companies, consumer advocates and other stakeholders to carefully develop our strategy for potential future products," Stark said.

"Ultimately, it is our hope that an Omega-3 enriched oil could provide consumers with a new tool against heart disease."

Monsanto's research on quality enhancements to soy oil is consistent with the objective of the United Soybean Board's Better Bean Initiative (BBI), a program created to enhance soybean oil and meal composition.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

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