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Ottawa, Ontario, February 28, 2011 - A new variety of oat is replacing rice in a nutritious new product unveiled earlier today. Developed by Campbell Company of Canada, Nourish is a complete meal created to help address the growing issue of hunger in Canada and abroad. Many of the nutritional benefits in Nourish are boosted by a new hulless and hairless - or naked - oat variety that was developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists.

Naked oats cook and taste like rice but have a wider nutritional profile, which makes them a good option for processors. They are also suitable for gluten-free diets; a growing area of need for Canadians.

This made-in-Canada variety is the result of more than 15 years of research and breeding by AAFC scientists. The versatility of this new variety will benefit consumers, farmers and food processors.

The new oat variety is hairless, which eliminates the respiratory issues at harvesting of previous hulless varieties. Unlike traditional oats, processing hulless oats does not require expensive dehulling and sorting equipment and because it is also denser, it requires less storage space and reduces transportation costs.

AAFC's naked oat was a finalist for SeCan's 2010 "Seed of the Year" award.

This is just one innovation among many in AAFC's 125 year history of agricultural research in Canada. AAFC research has led to discoveries, like this one, that allow for more varied, nutritious, sustainable and higher-quality food for Canadians.

To find out how to participate in boosting Campbell's donation of Nourish to Food Banks Canada visit Facebook.com/CampbellCanada

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972


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