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Canola Meal Processing

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How is canola meal processed?

After canola seeds are harvested, they are processed to extract the edible oil. This process, called prepress solvent extraction, results in two products: canola meal and a high-protein coproduct known as canola meal.

The process consists of:

  • Seed cleaning
  • Seed preconditioning and flaking
  • Seed cooking
  • Pressing the flake to mechanically remove a portion of the oil
  • Solvent extraction from the press-cake to remove the remainder of the oil
  • Desolventizing and toasting to develop a final product

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