Health Canada has confirmed that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-refined canola oil is safe for human consumption. The highly refined oil is derived from Nuseed’s omega-3 canola.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has also determined that DHA canola crude oil and meal are safe for aquaculture and livestock feed, respectively. The organization also confirmed the omega-3 canola poses no increased environmental risk comparing it to other cultivated canola and has approved the crop for cultivation.
The proprietary oil fills the gap, nutritionally speaking, between how much omega-3 — naturally found in fish and algae — is needed to support human and animal nutrition, and how little the ocean can sustainably provide.
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The DHA-rich fatty acid profile in the oil has been developed as an alternative to fish oil for aquafeed (marketed as Aquaterra) and for human nutrition (marketed as Nutriterra).
Brent Zacharias, Nuseed group executive, says that Canadian regulatory approvals are an important milestone in the development and commercialization of omega-3 canola, a transformational business opportunity.
“Given Canada’s position as the largest canola production country, approval also ensures our future scalability, giving us access to a key expansion market,” says Zacharias.
Nuseed is also progressing additional regulatory applications in other relevant markets around the world.