Tel Aviv, Israel – Remilk, a major developer and producer of animal-free dairy, has received Health Canada’s “Letter of No Objection” enabling the use and sale of its animal-free BLG protein in Canada.
In February 2023, Remilk received a “No Questions Letter” from the FDA and the Singapore Food Agency’s approval. In April 2023, the company made headlines again in April as the first to receive regulatory approval of its kind in Israel. Now, it is the first company producing animal identical protein to receive Health Canada’s No Objection Letter. The letter opens Canada’s door for use of Remilk’s protein in a variety of products with the same taste and texture as milk, ice cream, yogurt, cream cheese, and more, while free of lactose, cholesterol, and growth hormones, and with significant nutritional and environmental benefits.
“This is an important day for us at Remilk, and a historic one for Canada as it opens its doors to the new-dairy revolution. We developed a strategic roadmap for regulatory approvals around the world, recognizing that CPG companies seek solutions that benefit consumers throughout North America,” said Aviv Wolff, Remilk’s cofounder and chief executive officer. “We prioritized Canada in our regulatory strategy, following the green light from the FDA.”
Remilk’s animal-free BLG milk protein is equivalent to its cow-derived counterpart, but it is produced without a single cow, via precision fermentation, the company said in a news release. Remilk manufactures its protein at commercial scale in several locations around the world.
“Canada’s is the fourth separate health administration to conduct thorough examinations of our protein and each, individually, found it to be equivalent to its traditional counterpart,” said Dr. Ori Cohavi, cofounder and chief technology officer at Remilk. “Regulatory approvals serve to not only open new markets for the sale of our proteins but, also, as reassurance for both industry and consumers that our protein is the same milk protein they have been consuming and enjoying for decades.”
Remilk produces dairy-identical milk proteins through precision fermentation and has developed a patented approach to scalable manufacturing. Dairy made with Remilk’s animal-free protein is free of lactose, cholesterol, hormones, and antibiotics.