Cargill Becomes the First Global Supplier to Commit Its Entire Edible Oil Portfolio to World Health Organization Best Practices for Industrially Produced Trans Fatty Acids (iTFAs) Nederland – Nederlands USA – English USA – English USA – English
“We are delighted to see Cargill’s commitment to reduce iTFAs in all of their oils, serving the World Health Organization’s goal of phasing out iTFAs from the food supply,” said RenÃ© Lammers, Executive Vice President and Scientific Director of PepsiCo. “This move aligns with PepsiCo’s efforts to reduce iTFAs in our food and is a crucial part of our pep + (PepsiCo Positive) journey to evolve our food and beverage portfolio to be better for the planet and people. Cargill is an important part of our supply chain and we look forward to working together to continue to accelerate progress towards our iTFA goals. ”
Over the past 25 years, Cargill has removed approximately one billion pounds (nearly 500,000 metric tonnes) of iTFA from the global food supply, resulting in approximately 89% of its global edible oil portfolio. already compliant with WHO iTFA best practices. With this commitment, the company will now achieve 100% compliance, including in countries where there is currently no legislative mandate. To achieve this final 11%, the company invests significantly in the modernization of several facilities to reduce the amount of iTFA produced during the oil manufacturing process and draws on decades of innovation expertise to provide alternative formulations to customers in the food sector that will help them comply with WHO best practices. .
âEven as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that around the world improving nutrition remains a major concern,â said David webster, leader of food ingredients and Cargill’s bioindustrial business and chief risk officer. âThis commitment aligns with our goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way and gives us the opportunity, as a collective industry, to remove iTFAs from the global food supply, no matter where. food is manufactured or consumed. We know this effort takes time, and we look forward to working with clients as they take this important step. “
Innovation makes it possible to reduce iTFAs
This Cargill commitment builds on decades of innovation to process iTFAs, which are primarily formed by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils (PHO), but can also result from high heat treatment during the refining process. . Although iTFA regulations are in place in around 40 countries, whether through bans on PHO or limits on maximum amounts of iTFA in food, they remain a health concern in many places.
Cargill’s Innovation Centers have made significant strides in reformulating alternatives to iTFA-containing products, providing viable and safer solutions to more than 300 global customers to date. These innovations demonstrate that it is not only possible to adhere to WHO best practice on iTFAs, but it can be done without noticeably changing the taste or texture of foods preferred by consumers.
âWe are proud to be part of this effort to share and apply our expertise to help food manufacturers of all sizes, in all geographies, phase out iTFAs,â said Jennifer shomenta, President of Cargill’s Global Edible Oils Division.
To support WHO’s efforts, Cargill will also support the industry by engaging with targeted regional and national stakeholders, such as governments and petroleum industry federations, to support reformulations across the board. industry, especially in countries where legislation is not yet in place.
Cargill’s 155,000 employees in 70 countries work tirelessly to achieve our goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to prosper.
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About Cargill Global Edible Oil Solutions
Cargill’s Global Edible Oil Solutions (GEOS) has more than 8,000 employees in more than 50 facilities in 20 countries. Armed with our culture, values ââand strategy, we aspire to become the world’s leading provider of vital lipid energy and nutrition to the growing world population.
We provide a range of products and solutions to foodservice, retail, manufacturing and distributor customers around the world, touching the lives of billions of people every day.
By understanding the world around us and listening carefully to our customers, we are ready to solve their biggest challenges successfully and in a sustainable manner.
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