Lara olde Bolhaar, who is closely involved with various algae research projects within her role as nutritionist at ForFarmers’ NIC, explains why standardisation is so important: “Certain parts of the algae are very interesting for the animal feed industry, as a result of their high protein content. However, we need to be sure that we can safely feed these products to animals. This is why they need to be GMP+*) approved and reliable. Standardisation is therefore very relevant. And if we really want to become less dependent on imported protein sources, such as soy flour, then a sufficient quantity of the products must be made available. We haven’t quite reached this stage yet. That’s why it’s good and logical that MULTI-STR3AM is devoting a great deal of energy to accelerating this process. This is of vital importance if we want to introduce sustainable innovation to the market.”
*) GMP+ stands for Good Manufacturing Practice, or rather an effective way of producing. The GMP standard provides an A to Z account of how a product is composed and produced. The Plus indicates that the HACCP standard has also been included in the GMP standard.