Submitted to: Inform
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/22/2013
Publication Date: 10/1/2013
Citation: Moreau, R.A., Johnston, D., Hicks, K.B. 2013. The development of a "Green" aqueous enzymatic process to extract corn oil from corn germ. Inform. 24:595-596. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Approximately 2.4 million tons of commercial corn oil were produced worldwide in 2012, compared to 2012 world production of palm oil (53.3 MT) and soybean oil (43.1 MT) according to FAS, USDA. Most commercial corn oil (~90%) is produced from corn germ that is expeller pressed and/or hexane extracted from wet milled corn germ, a byproduct of the corn wet mill industry (Moreau, 2011a). Because of the health and safety issues associated with the use of hexane, efforts have been undertaken to develop “green” aqueous or aqueous enzymatic methods for the extraction of corn oil from corn germ.