Health Canada has approved Nuseed America’s proprietary DHA refined canola oil for human consumption, Nutra Ingredients reported on 31 July.

The oil, which is branded as Nutriterra, is derived from canola genetically engineered to produce higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Nuseed estimated that one hectare of its omega 3 canola had the potential to provide the omega 3 yield of 10,000 kgs of wild caught fish.

The company had also achieved a positive safety determination from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the use of its omega 3 canola meal in livestock feed and the use of its oil in fish feeds. Nuseed’s omega 3 canola for aquafeed is marketed as Aquaterra.

CFIA had confirmed that Nuseed’s omega 3 canola posed no increased environmental risk compared to other cultivated canola and was approved for cultivation, Nutra Ingredients said.

“Canada is the third largest producer of farmed salmon globally. These approvals position Nuseed to supply the Canadian market with an oil that has been shown to deliver fish health benefits and to enable industry sustainability goals; particularly in reducing the reliance on scarce marine ingredients.​

“Given Canada’s position as the largest canola production country, approval also ensures our future scalability, giving us access to a key expansion market,” said Nuseed group executive Brent Zacharias.

Global seed company Nuseed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia’s Nufarm Ltd.