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Cargill will stop cranking out trans fat at Wichita plant

The consumer backlash against trans fat is having an impact on Cargill.

The company announced Monday that it will cease production of trans fatty hydrogenated oil at a production facility in Wichita.

“The demand for hydrogenated oils has decreased significantly as a result of trans fat reduction in foods, therefore leaving the plant underutilized,” said Mike Venker, president of Cargill Dressings, Sauces & Oils. “We made every effort to keep the production at the plant, but ultimately could not achieve acceptable production efficiencies.”

The facility will continue to produce salad oils and other blends, the company said.

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