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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska pollock sandwiches at fast-food restaurants can now be topped off with a supplement extracted from another part of the fish.
 
In a victory for scientists researching ways to use fish parts that don't fit on a bun, a seafood company has begun sales of vitamins using oil extracted from the pollock livers. American Marine Ingredients is selling 54 Degrees North Omega-3 with Vitamin D3, using a distillation method researched by University of Alaska Fairbanks associate professor Alex Oliveira.
 
"It's a beautiful oil. There's no reason we can't use it as a nutraceutical," Oliveira said from Kodiak. "It's got excellent nutritional value and the market for nutraceuticals and fish oils is booming."
 
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