Cargill has released a statement following a health alert that was issued over sales of the artificial sweetener sorbitol supplied by a British company reportedly linked to the death of a woman in Italy.
The company stated:
Following stories in today’s media, Cargill wishes to clarify that the Italian Ministry of Health declared on 28 March 2012 that it was not sorbitol powder but sodium nitrite which caused the unexpected death in Puglia, South Italy on the 24 March 2012.
Cargill does not produce or use sodium nitrite at its starches and sweeteners plants. The Italian authorities are now investigating how the sodium nitrite entered the rest of the supply chain.
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