The soybean industry successfully passed the final regulatory measure to secure global approval for trade of high oleic soybeans upon receiving the European Commission’s authorization on Dec. 22, 2017 to use the stacked traits found in Pioneer brand Plenish high oleic soybeans for food and feed. This monumental decision, combined with final global approval Monsanto’s Vistive Gold high oleic soybeans received upon China’s authorization of importation in June 2017, increases the reliability of supply of high oleic soy for the food industry. 

“Obtaining full global regulatory approval is key for the entire soybean value chain, as it will boost Plenish and Vistive Gold soybean acreage,” said Richard Galloway, QUALISOY oils expert. “This will allow the industry to reach its goal of planting 18 million high oleic soybean acres, resulting in 9 billion pounds of high oleic soybean oil. In the coming decade, high oleic soybeans will become the fourth-largest grain and oilseed crop in the U.S.

In addition to gaining the green light for global trade to ensure a reliable supply of high oleic soybeans, high oleic soybean oils contain 0 grams of trans fat per serving, as well as lower saturated fat (compared to conventional soybean oil). Food manufacturers benefit from the improved shelf life and neutral flavor of high oleic soybean oil, while the foodservice industry appreciates enhanced functionality, extended fry life and reduced build-up of polymers on equipment.

“Achieving high oleic global regulatory approval enables U.S. soybean farmers to provide the food industry with a product they want,” said Lewis Bainbridge, United Soybean Board chair and soybean farmer from South Dakota. “Farmers are excited to grow high oleic soybeans and having full global approval means we can continue to increase high oleic soybean acreage.”  

As the June 2018 Food & Drug Administration (FDA) deadline to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from food approaches, oils such as Plenish and Vistive Gold, which contain 0 grams of trans fat per serving, are an excellent alternative offering functionality without compromising flavor.  

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