The oil, which is a concentrated source of GLA – an omega 6 fatty acid already used in nutritional supplements for humans - first got the green light from the FDA for use in canine diets back in 2017.
Investors applauded the FDA’s move, sending Arcadia shares up 26% to $8.83 before Friday’s opening bell.
“The FDA clearance of SONOVA GLA for use in cat food is another example of our proven ability to improve crops’ nutrition and value as ingredients from concept to commercialization, as with our GoodWheat platform, said Raj Ketkar, Arcadia’s CEO in a statement. “SONOVA GLA will allow cat and dog food formulators to respond to consumer demand for natural, plant-based oils as wellness ingredients for their beloved companions.”
In pets, the benefits of GLA include reducing inflammation, improving metabolism, boosting the immune system and improving the health and shine of skin and coats. GLA is found in only a handful of plant-based oils, such as evening primrose oil and borage oil, which contain about 10% and 20% GLA respectively.
By comparison, SONOVA, which is the end-product of crop improvement by Arcadia’s scientists, contains 40% GLA, which makes it a particularly concentrated source of GLA.
SONOVA was introduced to the dog food market in the US in 2018 and has been used in dry dog and cat food formulas in Canada since 2015.
Based in Davis, California, Arcadia develops high-value food ingredients and nutritional oils that aim to meet the demand for healthier diets.
The company recently set up a unit, Arcadia Specialty Genomics, to focus on the genetic improvement of cannabis and hemp.
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