Bunge Loders Croklaan, a key supplier in specialty oils and fats for the food industry, has strengthened mitigation of 3-MCPDe in its oils portfolio ahead of expected European legislation.
“We are positioned to ensure food companies can transition smoothly into conformity with the regulations by January, 2021,” says David Vandermeersch, Vice President of Bunge Loders Croklaan in Europe. “We also will serve companies that, irrespective of the looming regulations, are seeking the lowest levels of 3-MCPDe (3-monochloropropanediol esters) and GE (glycidyl esters) on the market. We can tailor our full portfolio of oil offerings to meet their specific needs and clean-label aspirations.”
New, stricter maximum limits on 3-MCPDe levels
The European Commission will place new, stricter maximum limits on 3-MCPDe levels in all vegetable and fish oils incorporated into foodstuffs, such as processed cereal-based foods for toddlers, out of concern for the health of young children, especially those aged 1-3 years. These substances are potentially harmful and occur when vegetable oils are exposed to high temperatures in the refining process. New legal limits for vegetable oils in the above described product categories will be 750µg/kg for 3-MCPDe. The new 3-MCPDe legislation is expected to become effective January, 2021.
Other categories of the new regulations set maximum 3-MCPDe limits for products intended for general consumers to 1,250µg/kg for named, non-virgin oils and to 2,500µg/kg for all other oils, including palm, shea, and fish oil. These new 3-MCPDe limits are complementary to existing GE levels that were already in place since 2018.
Bunge Loders Croklaan’s consistent mitigation efforts
Bunge Loders Croklaan has made new processing advances and has taken expansive steps throughout its integrated supply chain that allow it to offer a full range of solutions at levels even below the newly delineated standards for 3-MCPDe and GE. Bunge Loders Croklaan has offered a fully mitigated oils and fats portfolio in Europe since 2017.
“Food manufacturers need to be better informed ahead of time of the implications that the pending changes in legislation will have in their businesses,” notes Feike Swennenhuis, Marketing Director for EMEA. “Bunge Loders Croklaan will conduct a webinar to explain the effect of the new regulation and what the company can do to help its customers implement this into their food production process. The webinar will be aired on the 30th of April at 16:00 CET. Stakeholders in the bakery, confectionery, infant food & formula, and processed foods sectors are strongly recommended to tune in.”
To learn more, please register for the webinar on April 30, at 16:00 CET. Here is the link.