Calyxt Gene-Edited High Oleic Soybean Oil LaunchedThursday, April 4, 2019
Calyxt Inc, USA, announced the launch of gene-edited high oleic soybean oil for the US market for use in the food service industry for frying and salad dressings, as well as sauce applications. Called Calyno oil, the oil contains approximately 80% oleic acid and up to 20% less saturated fatty acids compared to commodity soybean oil, as well as zero grams of trans fat per serving, Calyxt said in a press release last February.
The company said Calyno oil had up to three times the fry life compared to commodity oils, providing a more sustainable product. The oil was sourced from Calyxt high oleic soybeans grown over 13,700 hectares of land in Upper Midwest region.
Scientists used the gene-editing TALEN technique to engineer the high oleic soybean in 2014. Gene editing edits a plant’s existing genome, compared with traditional genetic modification (GM), where foreign DNA is inserted into the organism. This distinction has allowed Calyxt to launch a high oleic, non-GM soybean meal in conjunction with Calyno.