To advance food safety and infant nutrition, US based Cargill is set to invest $17.5 million in Belgium based Izegem edible vegetable oil. Cargill intends to upgrade the facility to meet the new European infant nutrition food safety legislation. This allows Cargill to increase its’ global edible vegetable oil production business while providing safe and reliable supply of high quality food and infant nutrition oil.
The new installation includes replacing existing equipment with new machinery. Some of those machineries are deodorizer and processing technology that intends to facilitate the production process.
European food safety legislation placed strict standards for chemical compounds such as 3- and 2-monochloropropanediol (MCPD) and glycidyl esters in infant food. The upgraded Izegem facility will meet the European safety and quality standards.
According to Sabine Sagaert, managing director for Cargill’s oils and seeds business in EMEA:
“The company is well-positioned to meet future, increasingly stringent, European regulations on food safety. With many new ingredients entering the food and infant nutrition segment, food safety is an important starting point for every product. Cargill’s ability to safeguard the quality and integrity of food and infant nutrition ingredients is key to our customers’ success.”
Cargill celebrated its 20th anniversary and has been active in Izegem since 1998 investing more than $74 million till date. Izegem plant is able to process 11 types of oils and fats into over 300 product blends, each answering to specific customer demands for products such as cooking oils, salad dressings, infant nutrition and applications. Izegem plant has refining, hydrogenation, interesterification, winterization and blending technologies and also has a bottling plant. Cargill employs 280 people in Izegem facility.
Headquartered in US, Cargill Inc. is a multinational corporation. Cargill manufacturers and operates in food industry, agriculture industry, financial industry and industrial products and services. Cargill employs around 155000 employees around the globe operating in 70 countries and is committed to feeding the world in a responsible way while reducing environmental impact.