An analysis of 17 studies indicates that fish oil supplements are effective in reducing diastolic and systolic blood pressure, offering a path toward treating or preventing hypertension. "The small but statistically significant effects of fish-oil supplements in hypertensive participants in this review have important implications for population health and lowering the risk of stroke and ischaemic heart disease," the study authors said.
Tougher food-safety regulations on vegetable oil importers took effect in China on Tuesday. The updated standards cover quality and vessels, among other areas, with shipments that fall short potentially being blocked from delivery.
Clariant will garner $550 million from the sale of its textile chemicals, paper specialties and emulsions units to SK Capital. The deal is on track to be finalized during the second quarter. Clariant also is planning to sell units dealing with detergents and intermediates and leather chemicals.
Malaysian palm oil plantations may be forced to improve mechanical efficiencies in response to a proposal by two Indonesian islands to increase the wages of workers by 10% to 49% this year. The plantation companies may opt to mechanize the harvest process or target waste from fruit collection. The wage hikes could spark a labor shortage at Malaysian plantations, which lost workers in 2011 due to improved prospects in Indonesia.
European olive oil farmers are seeking more influence in negotiations with the food industry, more accurate labeling of olive oil by retailers and consistent quality categories throughout Europe, says Juan Corbalán, the Brussels delegate of Spanish Agri-food Cooperatives. The priorities come amid work on European Common Agricultural Policy and the EU's olive oil action plan.