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Sustainable fish feed alternative unveiled

US-based sustainable life science firm, Calysta Inc, is set to launch a new fish feed ingredient that it says could reduce the industry's reliance on unsustainable fish stocks.

FeedKind Protein is a high quality microbial protein produced with minimal land and water use, is non-GMO and approved in the EU for all fish and livestock species, and is said to provide a cost-competitive alternative to conventional fishmeal.

"FeedKind Protein can replace fishmeal and soy protein with a nutritious, naturally occurring protein, and offer consumers a new option that is sustainable and healthy," said Alan Shaw, president and CEO, Calysta.

"It can also contribute to the aquaculture industry's need for sustainable products to meet increasing global demand for new sources of protein," he added.

The new ingredient will be manufactured using a natural proprietary fermentation process, a production method similar to that used to produce yeast-extract sandwich spreads. Studies have confirmed FeedKind Protein's nutritional value, based on criteria such as animal growth and health.

Calysta expects to introduce FeedKind Aqua first for the aquaculture industry, to be followed by additional FeedKind products for the livestock market. FeedKind is expected to be introduced to the Scottish and Norwegian aquaculture sectors in 2018.

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