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Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish firm brings vegan omega 3 to EU

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Kilkenny All-Star hurler and nutrition lecturer Michael Fennelly and nutritionist Rosanna Davison at the National Convention Centre for the launch by Chia Bia of Europe’s first plant-based source of Omega 3 Chia oil.
Kilkenny All-Star hurler and nutrition lecturer Michael Fennelly and nutritionist Rosanna Davison at the National Convention Centre for the launch by Chia Bia of Europe’s first plant-based source of Omega 3 Chia oil.

Irish health-food company Chia Bia has become the first business in Europe to introduce a sustainable and vegan alternative to omega 3.

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The Waterford-based company is one of only two companies in the world to introduce the product and the first in Europe after successfully securing approval under the European Novel Food Act.

The new product is a plant-based source of omega 3 called chia oil.

The oil is free from a fishy taste and is packaged in a small seaweed-based capsule which makes it a vegan-friendly source of omega 3.

Speaking at the launch of the alternative source of omega 3 in the Dublin Conven- tion Centre, co-founder and chairman of Chia Bia, Barrie Rogers said: "To be in a position to introduce the benefits of chia, in its different formats to a larger audience is great.

"Having implemented stronger product development strategies over the past two years, the introduction of chia oil is something we have been working towards for some time," Mr. Rodgers added.

The Tramore-based company now employs 36 people across Waterford and the South East after starting out with an initial team of three.

The company sources its seeds directly from farmers throughout South and Central America and in their state-of-the-art facility, stringent quality control processes are implemented, they said.

Chia Bia say that all batches of chia are independently nutritionally analysed guaranteeing the highest standard of seeds are used in all Chia Bia products.

Chia Bia's omega 3 chia oil is available from retailers, health food stores and pharmacies.

Irish Independent

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