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Achievement is Food For Thought

An Akzo Nobel chemicals plant in Malaysia has become the first in the Far East to be awarded HACCP certification.

One of Akzo Nobel’s chemicals plants in Malaysia has become the first oleochemicals site in the Far East to be awarded Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification.

The achievement means that the oleochemicals produced at Surface Chemistry’s’ Pasir Gudang plant can now be labeled “food grade” in the United States. HACCP certification is also required in the food business in the European Union.

“HACCP certification clears up labeling issues and enables us to focus more on applications in the food industry,” said Pasir Gudang site Managing Director, Geok Chai Tan. “This will support our objective to be a leading supplier of vegetable-based fatty acids in selected market segments."

HACCP certification can be applied throughout the food chain, from primary production to final consumption. It aims to eliminate various biological, physical and chemical contaminants, such as e-coli and salmonella bacteria, hair, pesticides and lubricants.

The Oleochemicals sub-business unit makes fatty acids and glycerin derived from natural vegetable oils and fats. Many of its products are used in food or food-related applications, such as food emulsifiers, flavorings, fat substitutes, dietary supplements and coatings for food packaging.

Surface Chemistry is now working towards HACCP certification for its plant in Emmerich, Germany.

(Released: October 16, 2002)