Global agrifood firm Cargill is investing US$17.5M to upgrade its Izegem, Belgium, edible oil refining and bottling facility to respond to a changing infant nutrition market and new EU legislation.

The installation included replacing existing equipment – such as a deodoriser and processing technology – with new machinery that would enable Cargill to increase production capacity and ensure a reliable supply stream, the firm said on 30 August.

Cargill said that the upgrade would also enable it to comply with the upcoming new European safety quality standards.

Earlier in the year, the EU set strict new standards for chemical compounds such as 3- and 2-monochloropropanediol (MCPD) and glycidyl esters in products including infant foods, spreads and nutritional supplements.

Cargill began operations in Izegem in 1998 and had so far invested more than US$74M in oil refining and bottling activities at the plant, which was able to process 11 types of oils and fats into more than 300 product blends.