Who we are
Nutrican Inc. has been a premium supplier of natural edible seal oil since 2000. Our head office is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada giving us access to the world’s largest seal population that inhabits the cold and clean waters off the Canadian coastline.
The evolution of quality
Our local and overseas third-party “toll service processor” facilities process crude seal oil purchased directly from local suppliers in the region and ship the finished products to the rest of Canada and ] overseas. Our unique process has evolved over the years to incorporate some of the latest and best oil processing technologies. This combined with accumulated years of experience and knowledge of the intrinsic characteristics of seal fat ensures that we can continually provide our customers with the highest quality in edible seal oil.
We rely on third-party oil processing facilities located in Canada and overseas. These facilities are licensed, government-regulated and inspected. They’ve all incorporated HACCP principles as well as chemical, microbiological and physical evaluation to prevent contamination at every stage of the process. We further ensure the quality of our products by analysis by independent laboratories. We continually strive to meet and surpass customer and international regulatory standards of quality.
Driven by innovation
We’re not only committed to providing our customers with the highest quality in edible oil but also strive to maximize the potential of our raw materials for sustainability. We support scientific research as well as efforts towards the sustainable management of seal resources.
- The full utilization of each animal. i.e. meat, oil and pelts
- Sustainable and humane management and harvesting practices
- The production and marketing of high quality products.
Nutrican Inc. is supportive of scientific research and management of seal resources, including:
- Sustainable development of the resource
- Responsible, humane harvesting and management practices
- Full utilization of each animal (pelts, oil, meat)
- Production and marketing of quality products
Omega-3 Fatty Acids “Pure and Essential”
Seal oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are a special type of long-chain fatty acids, a pure unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) which is known as “good-healthy fat”. Seal oil contains high levels of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and up to ten times the level of DPA (Docosapentaenoic acid) found in fish oils. These essential fatty acids have been bio-filtered by the seal and are easily absorbed and metabolized by the human body. Nutritionists and physicians recommend the daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids as part of a healthy diet. The current annual average consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids in North America and Europe is about 200g or about 20% of the recommended intake. Supplementing our diets with 2x 500mg capsules per day can make up for this deficiency. Clinical studies conducted over the past 20 years continue to link Omega- 3’s with improved general health, preventative care and overall maintenance.
Raw material grading is the first step in producing quality seal oil and Nutrican Inc. uses a strict raw material grading protocol limiting only the freshest blubber to edible oil products. We also remove and segregate the outer layer of fat (that which contains meat and is rich in hemoglobin and iron) and use this material for industrial oil products. To further improve our input material, the cold process and refine the bulk fat before it is liquefied. We use a pulp screener similar to that used in the fruit industry to remove any hard fat, collagen material and meat protein. The removal of these by-products early in the refining process contributes to higher grade finished oil which exhibits improved colour, odour and other physiochemical properties.
We employ a continuous process with low-temp indirect contherm melting, decanter centrifugation, high speed centrifugation and a winterization process. The winterization of oil removes semi-solid precipitate fats which develop over continued refrigerated storage. The result is improved stabilized quality. After winterization the liquid oil is further refined in a special 2-stage multi-media filter rated at 99.99% efficiency to <1.0 micron. For pharmaceutical grade oil we add more processing steps including bleaching to remove trace metals, the products of oxidation and we deodorize through indirect steam distillation to remove volatile components. Our all-natural process is unsurpassed in the industry and our special attention ensures we meet the most demanding customer specifications.
Nutrican Inc. further differentiates our business by offering the best quality oil at the best price. This in combination with exceptional customer service providing accredited product analysis, samples, certification and logistical services results in an unsurpassed business relationship. Our oil products include natural edible and pharmaceutical oils in 190 liter/kg containers and Bulk 500mg Soft Gelatin Capsul es. Pharmaceutical grade oil receives additional processing to meet specific requirements contained in that product monograph. Nutrican Inc. has a preferred relationship in the food and pharmaceutical grade oil industry. We follow our contract processors to meet specific packaging requirements.
- Bulk Pharmaceutical Grade Oil
- Bulk Pharmaceutical Grade Capsules (12,500 x 500 mg/Ctn)
- Bulk Edible Grade Oil
- Crude Oil