DSM Nutritional Products and Monsanto to partner

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DSM Nutritional Products and Monsanto Company announced a strategic partnership to deliver the first SDA (stearidonate soybean oil) omega-3 soybean oil for use in foods in North America.

DSM Nutritional Products, the leading global provider of trusted nutritional lipids solutions with the most complete product portfolio (plant, algal and fish) addressing the full spectrum of consumer health benefits will license the SDA soybean from Monsanto, the global expert in plant technology. Monsanto will develop SDA soybean varieties and sell the seeds to its farmer customers. DSM Nutritional Products will have the exclusive global rights to brand, market, package and sell the SDA soybean oil to the food industry. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“The addition of SDA soybean oil to our growing nutritional lipids portfolio underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality nutritional products that help to support human health,” said Will Black, DSM vice president of marketing human nutrition and health. “We look forward to bringing SDA soybean oil to the industry and working with food manufacturers to deliver innovative products that support heart health to their consumers.”

SDA omega-3 soybean oil is a plant-based source of SDA, which naturally converts in the body to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) omega-3 – one of two main omega-3s that has been clinically shown to promote heart health. This pipeline product would be the first vegetarian SDA derived from soybeans for use in food and beverage products in North America. SDA soybean oil has a clean flavor, maintains shelf life, is stable and can be incorporated into a variety of foods, including dressings, sauces, margarines, spreads, bakery products, soups, snack bars and dairy-based products, among several other food applications. SDA soybean oil could not only provide food and beverage manufacturers and consumers an additional choice to access heart healthy omega-3, but would also represent an additional, sustainable supply of omega-3.

“SDA omega-3 soybean oil would provide a sustainable way for consumers to increase their intake of omega-3 fatty acids that help maintain heart health,” said Federico Tripodi, Monsanto SDA program director.  “Food companies are looking for solutions to deliver the benefits of longer chain omega-3s while maintaining flavor over the shelf life of the product. We are excited about the progress we have made with the product and look forward to working with DSM to bring this sustainable plant-based alternative to market.”

FDA issued a positive response letter to Monsanto's Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification for the oil from these soybeans. The completion of the FDA consultation process supports the use of oil from SDA soybeans under the intended conditions of use, which enable food companies to develop and evaluate foods that contain this nutritionally improved oil. Monsanto has completed the key regulatory processes in the United States, Canada and Mexico and has also made submissions for import approval in key export markets. 

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Florida  |  April, 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM

OH MY GOSH!!! More genetically modified CRAP!! Enough already!

Shawn Coats    
Northern California  |  April, 08, 2013 at 05:57 PM

Really? When I show this information to my friends, the first thing they're going to do is tell all THEIR friends, and we will try and Stop this! Do you think we citizens are that naive that we're just going to roll over and let you Genetically Modify yet Another ingredient? And partnering with Monsanto?! Give it up! Oh, yeah, that's right, you have one of the Biggest investors backing you! Oh, we'll, we simply WON'T buy your product! It's like the big Tobacco companies of the 30's and 40's who KNEW Nicotine was a killer, yet they put it in anyway! The people here will put a stop to this!

Lauren Jennings    
Colorado  |  April, 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM

OMG, OMG, People are just getting the message about GMO's and now they will think they are getting something healthy. Oh Well, this is going to be a LONG fight, but fight we WILL.

Howard M Gardella    
April, 08, 2013 at 07:23 PM

Hemp has the perfect mix of omega 3, 6, and 9 and is a perfect food. To hell with this I am going to buy only raw milk, no processed foods, and only eat organic foods but I guess we will all have to grow our own if it keeps up!

Amy Delventhal    
NH  |  April, 09, 2013 at 11:29 AM

This is horrifying! NO GMO...NO MONSANTO

Cynthia Hutchinson    
New York  |  April, 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM

I won't buy from any source-even organic-that uses or supports no labeling of Gmo in food products.

central California  |  April, 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

You're dreaming. I'm already boycotting Natural Horizons because of their affiliations. Those of us educated in real health and science are not as easily brainwashed as most of the Californians who voted no on 37. Take your GMO soybeans and toxic products elsewhere, I've seen the deformed babies born to farm laborers in South America working in the genetically modified soybean fields. Shame on you!

wisconsin  |  April, 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

That comment ll, is one of the funnies things I have read. Thanks for the laugh. Deformed babies in SA from working in the fields?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

April, 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Are you kidding me? Another company to make sure to boycott.

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