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Cargill Gives Disinfecting Alcohol to Dutch Government

March 25, 2020

American agribusiness Cargill is donating 60,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the Dutch government’s Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS) to distribute to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the Netherlands to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the company announced Tuesday.

Demand for disinfecting alcohol has increased in Europe since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Cargill said it is monitoring the situation and can expand its deliveries if demand continues to rise. 

“Cargill not only supplies essential food ingredients for humans and animals, but also alcohol for the drink and health industry. Our people are working around the clock to keep our factories operating at full capacity across Europe” Alain Dufait, managing director of Cargill Europe, said in a press release. “It’s no easy task because at the same time, we’re also strengthening our hygiene measures so that our people can do their jobs safely. We take our responsibility to continue to supply the food and health industry very seriously.”

The firm is one of the biggest producers of alcohol in Europe. Disinfecting alcohol donated to the country’s healthcare system was produced at the Sas van Gent plant in Zeeland, Netherlands.

“We are also investigating how we can support the authorities in other European countries – such as Italy, Belgium, and Germany – from our European factory network,” said Dufait. “In the meantime, a global network has been set up within Cargill to supply the production companies with the necessary protective clothing and hygiene products so that our people can continue to work safely.”

3M and Dow also recently announced that they are increasing production of sanitizer products in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Powder & Bulk Solids reported.

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