GMO omega-3 canola cleared by USDA, on its way to consumers

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Nuseed, a subsidiary of Nufarm, Ltd. of Australia, has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start planting its proprietary omega-3 canola, according to Food Navigator. The decision brings plant-derived long-chain omega-3s a step closer to the U.S. market ….

This plant appears to have the potential to significantly limit the number of fish that would have to be harvested for omega-3 purposes. According to Nuseed, one hectare …. of its proprietary canola could produce the same amount of DHA oil that can be extracted from 10,000 one-kilogram fish.

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[T]he oil from the plants can’t be used for food or feed applications unless the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives Nuseed regulatory approval. The company told Food Navigator it anticipates receiving that approval before the 2019 growing season.

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Nuseed already received approval earlier this year from Australian authorities to plant its proprietary canola and include the oil in food and feed in that country ….

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According to Grand View Research, the global omega-3 market was valued at $2.04 billion in 2016 and was projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6% between 2012 and 2022. That’s undoubtedly why Nuseed, plus other companies such as Cargill, are developing plant-based omega-3 products to bring to market.

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