Australian and New Zealand regulators have given the green light to Nuseed’s omega-3 canola variety for and use in animal, fish and human foods, signalling a market breakthrough for parent company, Nufarm.
One hectare [2.5 acres] of the new omega-3 canola has the potential to provide the same omega-3 oil yield as 10,000 kilograms [22,046 pounds] of wild-caught fish, according to Nuseed.
The genetically modified canola variety is the world’s first plant-based source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in seafood in healthy proportions.
The omega-3 project is opening big North American and Asian market opportunities given that long-chain omega-3 DHA and EPA are essential for human and fish health.
The company plans to initially commercialise its omega-3 oil – branded as Aquaterra – for aquaculture feed uses, followed by Nutriterra for human nutrition applications.
Developed in collaboration with the CSIRO and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the omega-3 oilseed canola has been approved by the Australian Office of Gene Technology Regulator.
Food uses of the omega-3 canola have been reviewed by Food Standards Australia-New Zealand, with approval granted for sale and use in food in both countries.
This new proprietary product aims to help relieve pressure on wild fish stocks, the current source for this important nutrient.
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