Consumers To Benefit From More Heart Healthy Foods
November 16, 2004 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. (ONC) is pleased to announce that their MEG-3TM brand Omega-3 EPA/DHA oil and powder food ingredients are now available with Kosher certification. The Orthodox Union has certified that MEG-3TM food ingredient production facilities in both Mulgrave and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, meet Kosher standards.
Many food manufacturers require Kosher ingredients so their products are valued by the broadest number of consumers. We anticipate MEG-3TM Kosher certification will increase the number of food products available for consumers who desire Omega-3 enhancement of their food.
During September 2004 the FDA announced a qualified heart health claim for food products that include EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), which primarily come from eating fatty fish. Dr. Colin Barrow, Vice President of Research and Development at Ocean Nutrition Canada, states, “Nutrition experts agree that people should consume between 500 mg and 1000 mg of EPA and DHA daily while most North Americans eat less than 130 mg per day, creating a major nutritional deficiency in this heart healthy nutrient.” Foods containing MEG-3TM offer consumers the ability to increase their consumption of EPA and DHA without changing their eating habits. In essence, foods containing MEG-3TM patented Omega-3 Powder offer the heart health benefits of fish, without the taste or smell of fish.
MEG-3TM healthy food ingredients offer many advantages for food products and achieving Kosher certification builds on these advantages. MEG-3™ Powder uses a novel form of micro-encapsulation and creates an unsurpassed “no taste, no smell” form of fish oil ingredient for inclusion in food products. MEG-3TM food ingredients have FDA notified GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status, which means they meet the highest quality standards in the world for food products. MEG-3TM food ingredients also have double the concentration of EPA/DHA compared to any competitive product, are easy to formulate, and have superior process tolerance, resulting in an extremely cost efficient source of Omega-3 EPA/DHA for food manufacturers. MEG-3TM brand EPA/DHA food ingredients are used in many food products including bread, dairy products, and snack/nutrition bars.
Mr. Michael Hodgett, Vice President of Business Development of the Healthy Food Ingredients Division at Ocean Nutrition Canada, notes, “The Kosher status for MEG-3 food ingredients represents another major milestone for our Omega-3 food ingredients, providing greater flexibility for food manufacturers.” MEG-3 Kosher certification, added to our unique Omega-3 Powder technology and the positive FDA heart health claim, paves the way for more heart healthy food products. Consumers are able to easily meet their daily dietary needs for EPA and DHA with the convenience of eating foods they love, with the same great taste.
About Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC):
Ocean Nutrition Canada is a privately held company, and wholly owned subsidiary of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., one of Canada's largest suppliers of quality seafood products. Ocean Nutrition Canada researches, manufactures, and markets Omega-3 concentrates and other marine based natural ingredients for the dietary supplement and healthy food markets. ONC exemplifies scientific rigor in research and discovery, along with world leading regulatory and quality compliance standards.
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