The Camelina Co., a division of Great Plains Oil and Exploration, has announced that camelina meal has been approved by the FDA as a broiler chicken feed and Great Plains has permission to state that camelina has GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.
Camelina, a grain high in protein and vitamin E, is already used in feed rations for beef cattle and hogs.
Great Plains, a renewable fuels energy company founded with the purpose of manufacturing and marketing biofuel produced from camelina, has been working with the FDA to gain approval for the crop to be used as livestock feed for several years.
The approval is a significant step toward full commercialization of camelina . Great Plains has begun working with Texas A&M University on an additional study of the grain to feed egg-laying chickens.
Great Plains is the world's largest supplier of camelina for biofuel and livestock feed. The company is developing further uses for camelina as the feedstock for on the road vehicles and jet aircraft.
More information can be found at CamelinaCompany.com.