28.01.2022 - Food processing & retail

Latvian scientists extract omega-3 oil from by-products

The number of fish grown in the wild is decreasing. They are increasingly being farmed in aquaculture, where they need extra nutrients, which in turn are produced from fish that have been caught but are not of the same quality. Fish oil is important, so Latvian scientists have turned to find a substitute. A solution has been found and will soon be commercialized:

The video was produced under the ERDF projects Innovation Incentive Programme and Technology Transfer Programme.

RTU scientists described around 50-60 waste products, but not all of them would be cost-effective or practical to use. The work focused on about 10 products, such as industrial glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production, sunflower oil already used to bake chips, various dairy wastes, and Siberian hogweed, which is a headache for many municipalities and farmers. Molasses, a by-product of sugar production, has performed well in experiments, previously wrote Labs of Latvia.

Source: labsoflatvia.com

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