Frequently asked questions

What is BlackGrain from yellow fields™?

It is a new innovation, a unique rapeseed powder.

Is Avena’s rapeseed powder a by-product of the rapeseed oil production?

No, it is not a by-product. With our new technology we are able to further refine rapeseed to a food grade product. In addition to high quality vegetable oil we now produce rapeseed powder. The remaining part is utilized as animal feed. Rapeseed is a great raw material because the whole rapeseed can be fully used. There is no waste.

Why is a novel food approval needed? Rapeseed protein has a novel food approval. Why does rapeseed powder need an approval of its own?

Rapeseeds have not been consumed in significant amounts as food or as a food ingredient in the EU before May 1997. Composition of rapeseed powder is not equivalent with the approved specification of rapeseed protein and therefore needs its own novel food approval.

How much rapeseed powder can be used in breads, muesli, meat balls, veggie balls, and cereal bars? Why is the added portion of rapeseed powder limited?

The maximum amounts are as follows: breads (7%), muesli (20%), meat balls (10%), veggie balls (10%), and cereal bars (20%). These amounts are presented in the novel food application as estimated intake of rapeseed powder. Maximum amount of rapeseed powder is defined for product that will be eaten by consumer. This takes possible cooking loss or water uptake during production process in account.

What is the allergen status of the rapeseed powder?

Products with rapeseed powder should be labeled with statement: ”This ingredient may cause allergic reaction to consumers who are allergic to mustard and products thereof. ” The statement should appear in close proximity to the list of ingredients. Rapeseed powder does not consist any mustard material in it. Therefore, “mustard and products thereof” is not marked in the allergen list enclosed with the rapeseed powder specification intended for industrial customers.