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Scientists from Chungnam National University and Seoul National University report that a blend of fractionated rice bran oil and fully hydrogenated soybean oil, with added conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), has the potential to replace partially hydrogen ate d vegetable oil.

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       www.beveragedaily.com that it is “in talks     At least three edible oil refineries are      to the 1960s. NSA is looking for contri-
       with major beverage companies.” Virun          likely to be established in 2009 in the       butions from industry and individuals to
       says the technology delivers a shelf life of   12,000-acre industrial zone of Port Qasim,    defray the remaining cost, which is esti-
       up to two years in “ambient formats.”          Karachi, Pakistan, according to the Busi-     mated to be another $200,000.
                                                      ness Recorder newspaper.
       OLIVE OIL
       The Federacion Olivicola Argentina is          SOY OIL/MEAL/MILK                             New ventures
       lobbying for removal of the country’s 5%       Soy oil may have a role in reducing
                                                                                                    Drilling began at the end of February for
       export retentions, according to the El         greenhouse gas emissions, according to
                                                                                                    a carbon dioxide injection well beneath
       Cronista newspaper. With additional such       researchers from Purdue University in
                                                                                                    Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s property in
       incentives, the sector could move up in        West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Scien-
                                                                                                    Decatur, Illinois, USA, as part of an $84.3
       just four years from an annual production      tists led by Al Heber and Jiqin Ni headed
                                                                                                    million project. The well, which will reach
       of 25,000 metric tons (MT) to 60,000 MT        a yearlong project that monitored the
                                                                                                    a depth of more than 6,500 feet under-
       without the need to plant any more trees,      effectiveness of soybean oil on dust and
                                                                                                    ground, according to the Herald & Review
       the group said.                                odor within hog finishing barns. Compared
                                                                                                    newspaper of Decatur, was expected to
                                                      with an unsprayed barn, the oil-treated
                                                                                                    be completed in late March or early April
                                                      barn showed an average 20% decrease
                                                                                                    2009.
                                                      in methane emissions and a 19% average
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                                                      reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
                                                                                                    Unilever will begin manufacturing ice cream
                                                      (Methane and carbon dioxide are green-
                                                                                                    in Romania, the company announced in
                                                      house gases.)
                                                                                                    a news release. The company also has
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                                                                                                    agreed to acquire the Romanian ice cream
                                                      SunOpta (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
                                                                                                    brand Napoca, which was made available
                                                      has commissioned a soy processing and
                                                                                                    by its current owners in 2008.
                                                      aseptic packaging plant in Modesto, Cal-
                                                      ifornia, USA, that is expected to begin
       PALM OIL                                       commercial production by the end of the
                                                      second quarter of 2009. The company
                                                                                                    R&D
       Malaysia’s palm oil production in 2009 is      told FoodNavigator.com that when the    
								
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