Who created the Emu Oil Trade Rules and why?
In the early years of the emu industry, some people were melting emu fat on their stove tops, running the oil through coffee filters and calling it refined. Naturally this impure product went rancid very quickly. In 1997 the American Emu Association Oil Standards Committee created the International Emu Oil Guidelines, the predecessor of the Emu Oil Trade Rules, in an effort to bring consistency and safety to the products being produced. In 2000, this committee requested guidance from members of the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and with their assistance established specifications for three grades of emu oil. These grades are reviewed and updated each year. As technology advances, the requirements for these grades change.