Canadian Government supports the development of naturally sourced nutraceuticals

December 17, 2013 |

In Canada, Member of Parliament Dan Albas announced an investment to help farmers turn traditional crops into new revenue streams by extracting natural chemicals from plant materials for use in foods and cosmetics.

Through the AgriInnovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing up to $300 000 to help Mazza Innovation Ltd. study the economic feasibility of using phytochemicals, such as antioxidants, to create naturally-sourced nutraceuticals in functional foods and beverages on a commercial scale.

The AgriInnovation Program is a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 framework. The industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based practices, processes and products.

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