Roquette, the French plant-based ingredients and plant proteins specialist, has adapted one of its pilot lines to manufacturer a hydro-alcoholic disinfectant solution.
Production started last week at the company’s adapted line at its Lestrem site in France. The first batch has now been sent to the Lille University Hospital Centre, the French Blood Donors Organisation and to other local health facilities.
In order to produce the solution for front line healthcare workers, the company adjusted one of its R&D pilot units and obtained the required regulatory approvals to produce the hydro-alcoholic solution.
Roquette will produce 5,000 litres of this solution per week as a first step. 500 litres will be used internally to strengthen the existing measures put in place to protect employees and contractors working at company’s sites.
This will allow the continuity of their operations, critical to ensure the supply of plant-based ingredients to food and pharma markets.
4,000 litres will be distributed every week, free of charge, to the Lille University Hospital Centre and 500 litres will address the needs of the French Blood Donors Organization and the healthcare workers of other local health facilities.
The company aid this engagement will be maintained “for as long as necessary” in alignment with the instructions of health authorities.