Starch Europe announces winners of 2019- 2020 Safety Awards



12 November 2020

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM  - The Starch Europe Safety Programme is supported by European starch producers, who strive to continuously improve safety practices and to achieve a safer working environment for their employees. Starch Europe is happy to announce the 11 starch plants who won Safety Awards for the 2019-2020 period.

This year’s exercise was carried out under special circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has required companies’ safety experts to continuously adapt safety practices, in order to secure the safest possible working conditions, and thus allow for the continuation of operations of our industry.

This task has been successfully accomplished, as all Starch Europe plants maintained the production and supply of starch products from March 2020 onwards.

This year’s outcome differs slightly from previous years, as it was decided for the first time to also cover contractors intervening on production sites in the evaluation, to fully reflect the efforts to secure safe working conditions for every person operating on our sites.

The Starch Europe Safety Programme, launched in 2014, recognises the best performing EU starch plants in terms of reducing workplace accidents. This showcases the dedication of companies to maintain efforts to reduce the risk of accidents occurring, through constant exchange of experience and good practices.

The Starch Europe Safety Programme grants two types of awards:

  • The Year Award – is awarded to plants which registered no employee lost workday cases involving days away from work for the calendar year, and no employee and no non-employee workplace fatalities for the calendar year.
  • The Million Hour Award – is awarded to plants which registered 1 million consecutive employee hours without an employee lost workday case and without a workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the period.

Data is collected by the Starch Europe secretariat from companies participating on a voluntary basis. The collection of data for the exercise started from 1 July 2014. Starch Europe ensures the validity and consistency of the data provided and reports on eligible plants for each award.

32 of the 75 starch plants in the EU represented by Starch Europe’s 27 member companies, participated in the safety award scheme from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Starch Europe is delighted to announce that the following plants have qualified for an award in the respective categories:

Roquette Panevezys, Lithuania
Roquette Beinheim, France
Cargill Krefeld, German
Ingredion Goole, UK
Ingredion Hamburg, Germany
Roquette Panevezys, Lithuania
Roquette Beinheim, France
Tate & Lyle Koog aan de Zaan, The Netherlands
Cargill Barby, Germany
Cargill Manchester, UK
Cargill Martorell, Spain

Our congratulations to the winners!


For further information, please contact:
Jamie Fortescue - +32 2 289 67 67 -

November 12, 2020

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