Process ContaminantsProcess contaminants are a group of unrelated compounds formed in the production of finished food products. Of particular interest is the occurrence of variable levels of 3-MCPD esters in refined vegetable oils. Discrepancies among different measurement techniques are ascribed to the presence of the potential precursor, glycidyl (glycidol) esters. The exact relationship, if any, between these two groups of compounds is unclear.
AOCS Expert Panel on Process ContaminantsIn December 2009, AOCS established an Expert Panel on Process Contaminants. The panel is initially focusing on two process contaminants - 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) esters and glycidyl (glycidol) esters.
Additional Meetings on Process Contaminants
Other meetings on 3-MCPD sponsored by EFL, ILSI, along with AOCS supported meetings such as World Conference on Oilseed Processing, Fats & Oils Processing, Biofuels & Applications.
AOCS in conjunction with ADM Research is seeking participants to compare results from the direct and indirect determination of MCPD-E and GE using reference samples of known composition. Interested collaborators should respond by 10 October 2012.
If you have comments or wish to contribute further information regarding 3-MCPD and glycidyl (glycidol) esters, please contact Richard Cantrill, Director, AOCS Technical Services.
Portions of this page have been developed by AOCS Technical Services in cooperation with ILSI Europe as a deliverable from the ILSI Europe Workshop on 3-MCPD Esters in Food Products, held February 5-6, 2009, in Brussels, as part of AOCS' commitment to help industry and our constituency develop the analytical tools and resources needed to meet this global challenge.