By Sensient Colors LLC
Sensient Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation and the global leader in color for food and beverage applications, offers customers brand protection through high-performing custom color solutions made with raw materials that originate from strictly qualified global sources and are manufactured under the highest levels of safety and quality management standards.
“Our global supply chain, research and development, product development, quality control, and manufacturing groups are completely integrated and operate under the strictest of verification and traceability processes. We continue to invest capital in our global supply chain strategy, expanding our network and reach to source only the best raw materials and ingredients,” says Michael Reed, director of supply chain. “Sensient’s supply chain personnel regularly inspect suppliers and work directly with growers and manufacturers of raw materials, holding them to the highest standards.”
“Our global sourcing and manufacturing, through multiple sources on multiple continents in dual hemispheres, ensures continuous, uninterrupted supply, thereby mitigating risk. Our global supply chain is also managed regionally for optimal monitoring and relationship development. Sensient has 18-24-month proactive sourcing plans and has contingency plans for all materials. This plan includes a predictive supply position that allows us to manage the continued conversion from synthetic to natural colors in the marketplace,” says Michael Reed.
Notable food safety incidents across the globe have fueled customer concerns about the adulteration of natural colors in the marketplace. “Sensient is working to be the global leader in establishing industry quality and safety standards for natural colors where none exist,” says Mark Goldschmidt, director of global quality control and product safety. “We continue to observe unapproved extraction solvents being used in turmeric, like ethyl acetate, which is not permitted in the US, ethylene dichloride, which is not permitted in the EC, and toluene, which is not permitted in any region. The potential consequences of adulterated colors are serious and include possible health effects, product recalls, and damage to a company and its brand. At Sensient, we continue to invest in capital and actively participate in industry forums and associations to develop standards to eliminate the adulteration of natural colors and their raw materials,” says Mark Goldschmidt.
“We look at every phase of the natural color production cycle to determine potential risks and hazards. Sensient is predictive; we look at the potential risks from the growing region to our docks. We look for natural raw material risks, including heavy metals, microbiological contamination, pesticides, residual solvents, and potential adulteration,” says Mark Goldschmidt.
Sensient routinely excels in third-party audits and has a superior record with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Code of Federal Regulations, is GMA-SAFE, and recently achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 3 certification. This level of certification represents the highest within the SQF Program, designating a comprehensive mastery of safety and quality management systems development. Sensient has received third-party certification for risk management plans, manufacturing, and distribution, as well as application of comprehensive and stringent assessment, screening, and analytical testing programs for all raw materials and finished products. Sensient is also compliant with the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC), an association that audits excipient safety, public health issues, and international trade matters, establishing best practices across the globe. By following the IPEC criteria, Sensient has the highest standards implemented in screening for potential adulterants in raw materials.
“At Sensient, we know our colors define many of the world’s largest brands. Our dedication to quality and food safety ensures our customers will have complete confidence that their products contain safe, secure, and consistently stable color,” says Paul Manning, president of Sensient Colors.
About Sensient Colors LLC
Sensient Colors brings life to products, adding color and visual enjoyment to food and beverage applications worldwide. Offering unparalleled color innovation and proprietary technologies for over 100 years, Sensient Food Colors applies industry- defining color expertise, enhancing brand value through premium sensory appeal and performance.
Sensient Colors LLC is a unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty chemicals. The company’s customers include major international manufacturers representing many of the world’s best-known brands. For more information, visit www.sensientfoodcolors.com.
Source: Sensient Colors