Emerging Topics Symposia

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Critical Issues

Monday, May 5
8:30-11:00 am


The Emerging Topics Symposia features global discussions on matters that affect the future of our industries, and expands beyond the science to address how current critical issues impact the business of fats and oils.


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Eliminating trans Fats: Emerging Solutions with Healthier Oils

Organizer: Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA

While much of the trans fat in the food supply has been removed voluntarily, the FDA is moving aggressively towards revoking the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods. This will trigger the near-elimination of trans and have a major impact on many processed food formulations. More...


Farmed Fish as an Omega-3 Source

Organizer: Susan Raatz, PhD, RD, USDA, USA

The focus of the session will be discussion of the health implications of farmed fish consumption, the status of fish supplies and the need for enhanced farming efforts, the nutritional and clinical advantages of farmed fish intake, and the status of fish farming practices. More...


High Oleic Soybean Oils Emerge onto the Marketplace

Organizer: Jayma Appleby, MSLGROUP, USA

High oleic soybean oils are now available on the market, and they represent an exciting new technology for the food industry. Recent data highlights the success of the oils’ functionality and performance across a variety of applications in food manufacturing, foodservice and industrial (non-food) products. More...


Regulations, Retailers, and Sustainability: How to Formulate in an Evolving Environment

Organizer: Kathleen Stanton, American Cleaning Institute, USA

This session will give an overview of the evolving landscape for providing products and goods to formulators and consumers while facing developing state and federal chemical regulations, the growing influence of big retailers on the formulations and goods that reach store shelves, and the continuing advancement of sustainability concepts throughout the supply chain.  More...