October 9, 2008- A Vancouver-based company with Winnipeg roots has made a breakthrough in the American market by isolating proteins in canola that could potentially replace eggs in mayonnaise and find their way into countless other foods and beverages.
Burcon NutraScience Corporation, which has a research and development
arm in Fort Garry, Manitoba, says the proteins have received the seal
of approval from a panel of international experts, allowing them to be
considered generally regarded as safe for human consumption in the
Burcon president Johann Tergesen says the nod from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration is a major advancement in the commercialization of
the world’s first food-grade canola proteins, which the company has
named Puratein and Supertein.
The proteins have yet to receive regulatory approval in Canada.
A unique feature of one of the Burcon canola proteins is that it can be
dissolved into highly acidic beverages, such as fruit juices, sport
energy drinks or soda pop.
The other protein can be used as an emulsifier, ingredient binder or
thickening agent suitable for use in mayonnaise, salad dressings, baked
goods, protein bars and meat substitutes.
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