Spanish oils and fats refiner Lipidos Santiga (LIPSA) has launched a new product portfolio with low levels of 3-monochloropropanediol (MCPD) esters, a contaminant formed during vegetable oil processing that is linked to cancer.
China’s 2018/19 soyabean imports are projected to drop by 10% to 85M tonnes as a result of ongoing trade tensions with the USA and an outbreak of African swine fever, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on 2 November.
A start-up company from the University of Delaware, USA, has combined plant waste and vegetable oils to engineer a bio-based oil which can be used as a renewable alternative to petroleum-based products in applications from skin lotions to industrial lubricants.
Japanese biotech company euglena plans to start mass production of bio jet fuel and biodiesel made from waste oil and algae with the completion of its new Yokohama refinery plant, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 2 November.
On 13 November, the European Parliament (EP) approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII).
Malaysian Minister for Primary Industries Teresa Kok has spoken out against UK supermarket Iceland’s controversial TV advert depicting an orangutan telling the story of how her home was destroyed by palm oil cultivation.
Canadian grain and oilseed handler Viterra has taken over the largest expeller-press canola processing facility in North America in Warden, Washington, USA as part of its assumption of full ownership of Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) on 1 November.