Nutrican Inc. is the premier supplier of natural edible seal oil in Canada. The world’s largest seal population inhabit the cold and clean waters surrounding our coastline. The seal industry is managed by the Canadian Federal Department of Fisheries, and the Oceans and the Provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The evolution of our unique process has incorporated the latest in oil processing technology combined with our accumulated experience with the intrinsic characteristics of seal fat. Our quality assurance program includes HACCP principles and an evaluation of chemical, microbiological and physical contamination at each stage of the process. Our quality is further verified by independent laboratory analysis to ensure that our standards meet customer and international regulatory quality. Our entire oil process takes place in a licensed, government regulated, and inspected facility.
Nutrican Inc. is supportive of scientific research and management of seal resources.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, “Pure and Essential”: Seal oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are a special type of long-chain fatty acids, a pure unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) which is known as “good-healthy fat”. Seal oil contains high levels of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and up to ten times the level of DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid) found in fish oils. These essential fatty acids have been bio-filtered by the seal and are readily absorbed and metabolized by the human body. Nutritionists and physicians recommend the daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids as part of a healthy diet. The current annual average consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids in North America and Europe is about 200g or about 20% of the recommended intake. Clinical studies conducted over the past 20 years continue to link Omega-3’s with improved general health, preventative care, and overall maintenance.
Raw material grading is the first step in producing quality seal oil. We use strict raw material grading protocol, limited to the freshest blubber for edible oil products. We also remove and segregate the outer layer of fat (which contains meat and is rich in hemoglobin and iron) and use this material for industrial oil products.
To further improve our input material we cold process and refine the bulk fat before it is liquefied. We use a pulp screener, similar to that used in the fruit industry, to remove any hard fat, collagen material, and meat protein. The removal of these by-products early in the refining process contributes to higher grade finished oil which exhibits improved color, odor, and other physiochemical properties. We employ a continuous process with low-temp indirect contherm melting, decanter centrifugation, high-speed centrifugation and a winterization process.
The winterization of oil removes semi-solid precipitate fats which develop over continued refrigerated storage. The result is an improved stabilized quality. After winterization, the liquid oil is further refined to a unique 2-stage multi-media filter rated at 99.99% efficiency to <1.0 micron. For pharmaceutical grade oil, we add more processing steps including bleaching, to remove trace metals. As for the products of oxidation, we deodorize through indirect steam distillation to remove volatile components. Our all natural process is unsurpassed in the industry, and our special attention ensures we meet the most demanding customer specifications.
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Our all natural processes are unsurpassed in the industry, and our special attention ensures we meet the most demanding customer specifications.