Monsanto will partner with DSM to market its genetically engineered soybean oil rich in stearidonic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. The body converts SDA to the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid. Monsanto originally collaborated with Solae to develop the oil.
The North American Olive Oil Association filed suit Feb. 6 against The Gourmet Factory, charging it with "deceptive misbranding" of its Capatriti brand of 100% olive oil, which the NAOOA says is low-grade pomace oil. The suit is the first time the NAOOA has sued an olive oil manufacturer.
Life sciences company Royal DSM hopes to make a splash in generic pharmaceuticals with its purchase of Ocean Nutrition Canada, a leader in fish-oil-derived omega-3 fatty acids for dietary supplements. DSM says the generic-drug market for omega-3s is largely unexplored ahead of this year's patent expiration for GlaxoSmithKline's lipid regulator Lovaza.
U.S. scientists are testing exotic yogurt flavors fortified with fish oils to help consumers intake recommended levels of omega-3 fatty acid. The researchers tested chili-and-lime flavored yogurt with a 1% concentration of fish oil. Their study appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Dairy Science. "These studies suggest that fortification of a savory yogurt with 1% fish oil could be acceptable to a portion of the general population and have a potential market among health- and nutrition-conscious consumers," the researchers wrote.
Seal oil used as nutrition for chickens raises the level of heart-healthy omega-3s in the eggs they lay. But Canadian farmers often avoid seal oil in favor of fish oil because of worries about seal harvesting, says Bud Hulan, a retired scientist. Seal oil doesn't break down or oxidize as fast as fish oil, he said.