Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 17, 2007 16:15 ET

AAFC: Canasnack is Out of this World

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2007) - Canada's New Government showcased a very unique treat at a press conference at the Canada Space Agency (CSA) in Longueuil, Quebec, earlier today. A bite-sized sandwich cookie with maple, cranberry or blueberry cream filling called Canasnack is the first Canadian food developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) specifically for space crew members.

AAFC and the CSA are working together to develop nutritious foods for crew members during spaceflight. The STS-118 shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) includes a Canadian-made cookie designed by AAFC scientists to meet spaceflight requirements.

"Canada can now add the Canasnack to its list of advances in space innovation," said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "The benefits of this project will go far beyond better food choices for astronauts, as scientists apply the valuable experience acquired to other areas of functional food and nutraceuticals, ultimately benefiting all Canadians."

CSA astronaut Dave Williams will share the Canasnacks with the astronauts and cosmonauts working on the ISS, increasing the variety of food in space (having an increased variety of food available increases the chances that crewmembers will meet their nutritional requirements).

The Canasnack is made with a variety of ingredients representative of Canada's diverse agriculture sector including: maple sugar, cranberries, blueberries, canola oil, oats, and lactulose, a prebiotic produced in Quebec.

The bite size snacks are shelf stable, meet spaceflight requirements and taste great. For more information, please visit

AAFC provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth. For more information, please visit

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    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations