“Quality And Safety Of Our Products Have Maximum Priority.”
An interview with Alexander Baart, Head of The Unit Health Care & Nutrition of the K+S KALI GmbH
Alexander Baart, Head of The Unit Health Care & Nutrition of the K+S KALI GmbH
Mr. Baart, K+S KALI GmbH produces high-purity salts for a multitude of applications in the fields of health care and nutrition. Can you provide a few examples for their application?
In the food segment, our products are used internationally, as dietary salts and in the food-processing industry. They are also used to enrich foodstuffs – so-called “Food Fortification” – within the scope of special nutritional programs, such as those initiated by the UN World Food Programme. Under the brand name of KaliSel we market our high-purity potassium chloride as an alternative to sodium chloride.
Globally our products are also in demand for a great variety of applications in the pharmaceutical segment. We produce salts for the manufacture of injection and infusion solutions, dietary supplements and tablets, among other applications. High-purity potassium chloride from our production is also used for manufacturing antibiotics, as well as insulin and dialysis solutions. Our high-purity bitter salts are a common component of bath salts and lotions.
In the feed industry, our KaSa® family of products has been in use for many years, all over the world. Leading pet product manufacturers rely on KaSa K99® for enriching their products with potassium. For livestock feeds, KaSa Mag® is used as a magnesium supplement.
What distinguishes your high-purity salts?
Our products are of natural origin, and are certified in accordance with internationally recognized standards. They are manufactured exclusively in Germany, at the most modern production plants of their kind. Quality and safety of our products have maximum priority. This does not only include complete traceability, but also exceptional supply security and service orientation. To us, compliance with all applicable laws is a matter of course – and something we also expect from our suppliers.
What is your assessment of the future developments on the world market for high-purity salts, in terms of their nutritional use? Which role do you expect K+S KALI GmbH to play here?
The pressure on foodstuffs manufacturers to reduce the salt content of their products will continue to rise, making it all the more important for them to find suitable, natural salt substitutes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum salt intake of 5 grams per day. The actual daily salt intake is frequently much higher than that. In some parts of the world, such as in Northern Europe, in the Benelux-States or in the United States, this issue has already received quite a lot of attention. In addition to reducing the intake of sodium chloride, deficient daily potassium intake is also an issue for the industry. The WHO recommends an intake of at least 3.5 grams of potassium, per adult and day.
Application of KaliSel – which is already widely used by the foodstuffs industry – is an appropriate way of reducing the sodium content of our foodstuffs, while at the same time increasing their potassium content.
What are the requirements placed on your company by the pharmaceutical industry?
Here at K+S KALI GmbH we consider it our obligation to reliably meet our customers’ demands for products to be used for manufacturing dialysis and infusion solutions, as well as for tablet production. In order to do so, we have established production and certification processes for our pharmaceutical-grade potassium chloride, potassium sulphate and bitter salts. An important factor is to actively support our customers, in all areas. We are involved in a continuous dialogue with them, either personally as part of daily business, by answering their product-specific questions or by providing pertinent documents. This constant dialogue with our customers enables us to meet their requirements and needs, and to speedily adapt to new developments on the market.
What can you tell us about your activities in the feed segment?
Under the brand name of KaSa® we offer high-grade potassium chloride and magnesium sulphates to the feed industry. These products help to provide animals with such important nutrients as potassium, chloride, magnesium and sulphur. Of course our feed product line complies with exceptionally high standards, as expressed by our quality and safety certificates. To us, this is not merely an obligation, but we are sure that our customers take this for granted.
Thank you for this interview, Mr. Baart.