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Terres Inovia, invested in international standardization

20 Dec 2021


On November 15 and 16, the International Commission for Oilseeds, Fruits and Oilseed Meals took place, in remote format.

This body (called ISO TC 34 SC2) brought together about 40 participants representing many countries, such as Argentina, Canada, China, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the FOSFA (Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations).

France was represented by two experts, including Vincent Jauvion, head of Terres Inovia's physicochemical analysis laboratory, who was also the head of the delegation.
Work on sampling and anti-nutritional factors

These world oilseed specialists worked together on standardization in the field of oilseeds and oilseed cakes, in particular on sampling, testing and analysis methods, including physical, physicochemical and biochemical methods. "The remote format allowed for broader participation of representatives and countries than usual. Although less user-friendly, it allowed us to move forward on topics related to our cultures," says Vincent Jauvion.

In particular, the commission focused on its many ongoing projects to improve the quality of oilseeds:
- A method of sampling seeds by automated system in a continuous flow;
- The oil content: the commission studied an automated method of extraction by solvent allowing a saving of time, but especially to limit the exposure of technicians to solvents. The experts also discussed another method of indirect determination (by nuclear magnetic resonance "NMR") of water and oil of oilseeds or oil cakes.
- The anti-nutritional factors of rapeseed were reviewed with a method complementary to the current reference method (ISO 9167) on the determination of glucosinolates;
- Evaluation of impurities in oilseeds;
- Good practices for the development of indirect analysis methods by near infrared spectrometry (NIRS/SPIR)
- And finally the revision of the nomenclature.

"The exchanges were numerous and conducted in a climate of trust. They will continue with the work undertaken. Some of these topics are led by French project leaders and are part of the work in progress within the French commission, T60D," says Vincent Jauvion, who chairs this AFNOR body. The next ISO meeting is scheduled for 2023... in France.

What is a standard and what is it used for?

Generally speaking, it is a reference document approved by a recognized standards institute such as AFNOR, CEN or ISO and containing solutions to technical and commercial questions concerning products, equipment goods or services.
The standard is the result of a consensus among all stakeholders in a market or sector of activity, which allows it to be widely recognized and used, and to serve as a reference in commercial transactions.

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