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USB and ARS Modify Soybean Oil

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 USB and ARS Modify Soybean Oil

ST. LOUIS--The United Soybean Board (USB) announced Nov. 2 that it gave $3 million in funding for the fiscal year 2000 to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to accelerate research for a healthier soybean oil.

"This project, which is part of USB's Better Bean Initiative, demonstrates our commitments to meet the ever-changing needs for our customers," said Jay Franklin, chair of USB's production committee. "[We have] solicited and received food industry feedback that shows strong support for a low saturated fat and low linolenic acid soybean oil that can be used in a variety of applications."

The oil is geared to be lower in saturated fat and, according to USB, will reduce or even eliminate the need for hydrogenation. The oil is also being modified to have a higher oleic acid content, lower linolenic acid level and lower amount of saturated fat.

In addition, the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) will assist ARS by developing the testing methods and identifying potential users for this modified oil. For additional information, visit

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