Whole Algal Protein to be used as alternative protein source in unstandardized foods
In 2015, Health Canada received a submission to allow the sale of Whole Algal Protein for use as an alternative protein source in unstandardized foods. Whole Algal is a high protein (≥ 60% protein) algal powder consisting of the milled dried biomass of the microalgae Chlorella protothecoides strain S106. The microalgae are grown by the petitioner in large industrial fermenters under conditions that promote high protein content. The cells are then pasteurized and dry-milled to produce the final product.
Scientists with expertise in molecular biology, microbiology, toxicology, chemistry, and nutrition conducted a thorough analysis of the data and the protocols provided by the applicant to ensure the validity of the results. Health Canada's assessment of Whole Algal Protein for use as an alternative protein source in unstandardized foods was conducted according to the Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods.
Following this assessment, it was determined that the proposed use of Whole Algal Protein derived from Chlorella protothecoides strain S106 did not pose a nutritional, microbiological, toxicological or allergenic risk to consumers.
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