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Vitamin A and E issues may be closer to resolution; BASF lifts force majeure

A fire on Halloween at BASF’s citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, forced the company to declare force majeure for its citral and isoprenol-based aroma ingredients and its vitamin A and E products.

Hog producers may be regaining greater access to much-needed vitamins A and E whose supply has been hindered since multiple issues arose last fall in production phases.

According to a press release from BASF, the company has lifted force majeure for Lutavit A 1000, Lutavit A 500, Vitamin A Palmitate 1.6 Mio I.U./g, Lutavit E 50, Lutavit E 50 S and Vitamin E Acetate 94% products for its animal nutrition business. The lifting of force majeure for additional vitamin derivatives and for several affected carotenoids within the animal nutrition business will follow subsequently.

A fire on Halloween at BASF’s citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, forced the company to declare force majeure for its citral and isoprenol-based aroma ingredients, its vitamin A and E products and several carotenoids.

Due to a more demanding quality testing process relative to its animal nutrition business, BASF expects to lift force majeure for vitamin A and E products as well as carotenoids for its human nutrition business from mid of third quarter 2018 onwards, in a step-wise approach.

BASF expects to lift force majeure for the majority of its citral and isoprenol-based aroma ingredients in fourth quarter 2018 due to different manufacturing steps needed in this production chain relative to its vitamin production. As BASF is one of the main suppliers of aroma ingredients for customers in the flavor and fragrance industry, the company prioritizes making volumes of downstream products available, while building up stocks in parallel. Thus, conditions to lift force majeure, such as the building of safety stocks, will be fulfilled later in its aroma ingredients business than in its animal and human nutrition businesses. The lifting of force majeure for selected aroma ingredients campaign products will follow subsequently.

Customers will be informed directly by their respective sales contacts as soon as the timing for lifting force majeure for specific products is confirmed. Envisaged delivery dates will be communicated, always considering lead times, which are region, country and product-specific, taking from a few days to several weeks or months.

For further information, visit BAFS’s website.

Source: BASF

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