WINNIPEG, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On August 1, 2013, Canada Western Solin
will be removed from the list of official grains of Canada and will no
longer be regulated under the Canada Grain Act.
Solin, an oilseed crop that is sometimes called linola, became an
official grain in 1995. It was grown, marketed and handled under
contract with Viterra. Solin has not been in production for
approximately 5 years, and there are no intentions of introducing it
back into the market.
Solin breeders have requested cancellation of registration of their
solin varieties with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. On November
8, the Western Standards Committee recommended removing Canada Western
Solin from the Canada Grain Regulations.
Therefore, as of August 1, 2013, there will no longer be a grade
schedule or quality standards for solin, nor the right for producers to
request subject to inspector's grade and dockage (a binding decision on
grade and dockage) for solin deliveries. As well, deliveries of solin
will not be covered by the Canadian Grain Commission's Payment
Varieties of Canada Western Solin are: CDC Gold, 1084, 2047, 2090, 2126
"There could be a few farmers in Western Canada who still have solin in
their bins. If they are keeping it for delivery, they should contact
Viterra as soon as possible, prior to August 1, 2013" says Chief
Commissioner Elwin Hermanson. "If they deliver solin after August 1,
2013, they can't declare it as Canada Western Flaxseed."
Solin is a type of yellow flaxseed with very low levels (below 3
percent) of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. It was grown
for food use, particularly to make margarine with low trans-fatty
acids. Solin seeds are not visually distinguishable from seeds of new
yellow varieties of Canada Western Flaxseed, which have high levels
(over 60 percent) of alpha-linolenic acid and are grown for health food
Yellow flaxseed varieties are currently contract registered. Cancelling
the registration of solin will make registering new varieties of yellow
flaxseed easier and faster because flax breeders will be able to follow
the regular registration process.
About the Canadian Grain Commission
The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency for establishing and
maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its programs result in
shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for
quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates
the grain industry to protect producers' rights and ensure the
integrity of grain transactions.
Official grains of Canada http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/grainsc-cgrains/ogcm-mgoc-eng.htm
Designated varieties of Canada Western Solin http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/legislation-legislation/orders-arretes/2012/2012-114-eng.htm
Declaration of eligibility for delivery of grains and oilseeds form http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/wheat-ble/ds-sd/declaration-eng.htm
SOURCE: Canadian Grain Commission
For further information:
Program Manager, Quality Assurance Services
Canadian Grain Commission