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US soy protein supplier given green light for EU market

Company now plans to target European aquaculture producers with its trademarked non-GMO product.

US alternative feed ingredients producer Prairie Aquatech has won approval from EU authorities, allowing it to sell its trademarked ME-PRO product.

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The development comes as the company begins commercial production at its new $45 million (€49.6 million) plant in South Dakota.

The Volga site, backed by a group of investors from the agribusiness sector, has the capacity to annually produce around 30,000 metric tons of non-GM soy protein ingredient, traceably sourced in the United States.

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ME-PRO has been tested on salmon, trout, shrimp and marine species such as cobia and seriola (amberjack).

The product, with a 70 percent protein content, was developed and piloted following a spin out from a South Dakota State University technology project, a collaboration between an industrial microbiologist and aquaculture nutritionist focused on the use of plant-based protein sources in aquatic species.

"It’s really great news that we are now able to bring ME-PRO to European fish and shrimp farmers and feed mills,” Prairie AquaTech CEO Mark Luecke said.

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