Food product distributer Performance Food Group (PFG) released on 23 August a new high-performance soyabean oil that uses plant genetics developer DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish brand high-oleic soya oil as primary ingredient.

The new oil would offer “significant” improvements over commodity soyabean oil and help expand the market for US soya farmers, DuPont Pioneer said in a statement.

According to the company, the Plenish oil was 20% lower in saturated fats than commodity soyabean oil, contained roughly 75% monounsaturated fat and had zero trans fats per serving.

“We selected Plenish high-oleic soyabean oil to be the primary component in our Brilliance Premium Oils brand because it offer superior under high temperatures, which improves fry life and reduces polymer buildup on cooking equipment,” said Scoot Barnewolf, vice president of procurement at PFG.

DuPont’s oil had a fry life two to three times longer than commodity oil and allowed the product to be used in high temperature applications where commodity oil could not be used.

The high stability of the oil did not require hydrogenation, a feature that DuPont developed in response to the 2002 ruling by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which mandated the labelling of trans fats.

The ruling caused a 30% drop in demand for US soyabean oil as restaurants and food services switched to alternative oils, DuPont said.

At the time, approximately half of all US soyabean oil was partially hydrogenated, making it more stable but also producing the controversial trans fats.

In 2018, The FDA plans to introduce legislation that would eliminate the Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) classification of trans fats, thus banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils.