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National Starch commits to sustainability — 'Kernel to Kitchen'

New Jersey-based National Starch Food Innovation has joined the growing list of major ingredients companies to launch a sustainability campaign centred around the idea of 'product stewardship.' Its programme, called 'Kernel to Kitchen,' forms part of the ingredient supplier's Responsible Care Management System that "sets out how the company takes responsibility for its products at every stage in their lifecycle."

"Through this commitment, the company protects the health and safety of employees, customers, the public and the environment by assessing and managing potential risks from products throughout their lifecycle," the company stated.

"We've adopted sustainable practices as part of our culture," said Terry Thomas, divisional vice president, Natural Polymers Group, Europe. "We know how important a pro-active approach is and we're always striving to enhance and refine our practices. The 'Kernel to Kitchen' programme is a great example of this. We're hoping it will help to really engage customers in our strategy, so they will see how deeply we are investing in the future of the food industry."

The product-stewardship programme applies five global standards: product design and development, product management, distribution and use, suppliers and other purchased services, and material hazards and conservation of resources

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