In response to the growing regulation of potential carcinogens in pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients, JMC has issued an announcement confirming the safety of our saccharin products.
Regulators such as the US FDA have recently begun regulating nitrosamines and nitrites in pharmaceuticals. In response, customers have been asking JMC to confirm the safety of our products and processes. In particular, customers have been asking whether JMC uses the Maumee process to produce Saccharin. Such questions are raised because there are concerns among customers who are aware that nitrites are used in the Maumee process. We hereby confirm to you that JMC’s Saccharin is manufactured by the Remsen & Fahlberg process, not the Maumee process. Therefore, we can also confirm that there are no concerns about nitrosamines or nitrites with JMC’s Saccharin products.
Please find below a document that details why JMC products are totally free from nitrites. We encourage you to share this with your quality team.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this announcement.
JMC’s Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) was renewed in January 2021. This certifies that our products meet the standards set by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). JMC’s use of the R&F process to manufacture saccharin ensures that we produce the world’s highest quality saccharin. Food safety management is a top priority for JMC.
For more information about our approach to safety and sustainability see:
EcoVadis awards the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings. In their 2020 assessment of JMC, EcoVadis awarded a Bronze medal. This rates JMC’s sustainability management system in the top 50% of all companies across all industries. JMC is committed to continuous improvement in sustainability while manufacturing the world’s highest quality chemical products.
On August 8, we announced that we had obtained a patent on functionalised derivatives of sodium saccharin and how they are manufactured.
This patent was filed through a joint study with Professors Suhng Wook Kim and Un chul Shin of Korea University’s School of Health and Environmental Science. This work was also reported in an article published on October 29 in the International Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals. The title of the article is “Development of a 68Ga‐labelled PET tracer for carbonic anhydrase IX‐overexpressed tumors using the artificial sweetener saccharin”.
The patent concerns sodium saccharin and manufacturing methods of its derivatives combined with a ligand compound having an optional targeting action for hypoxic tumors. Sulfonamide-based substances, such as saccharin, show selective binding to Carbonic Anhydrase IX (CA IX) that occurs in tumor cells. Saccharin derivatives can therefore be used to safely and effectively diagnose cancerous tumor cells.
The results of this study confirmed the potential for saccharin derivatives to be used as new diagnostic pharmaceutical agents in addition to existing uses in various medicines, food ingredients, beverages, toothpastes, etc. as artificial sweeteners. We plan to continue joint research with domestic researchers to ensure that saccharin is commercially available as a building block for diagnostic substances in tumor cells.
Last week JMC joined 30 other Korean companies, with over 40 different sites, in committing to the Korea Energy Agency’s ‘2020 Voluntary Energy Efficiency Target System’.
Participating companies committed to voluntarily improving energy efficiency and actively participating in national energy use rationalisation and greenhouse gas reduction projects.
The Korea Energy Agency expects that this project will break away from the existing regulatory-oriented policy and establish a culture of autonomous energy savings, an important aim during the economic slowdown induced by COVID-19.
JMC makes the world’s highest quality saccharin as well as a range of sulfur-based fine chemicals and chemicals for electronics such a graphene oxide and BCMB. JMC is committed to manufacturing products safely and sustainably.
Name of the event: JMC’s 67th anniversary ceremony
Date: June 30, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Venue: Conference Room on the 2nd floor of JMC Ulsan Plant Main Building
The company celebrated its 67th anniversary on July 1, 2020.
Despite the auspicious day, we did not hold an official ceremony this year as part of our health and safety efforts in the aftermath of ‘Corona 19’. However, we did hold a small ceremony to recognise long-term employees as this is an important part of our company’s culture.
The CEO Jung Won-sik and 27 long-term employees (excluding 3 people in Seoul) attended the ceremony. The conference room where the ceremony was held was disinfected the previous day and all participants were thoroughly prepared to avoid possible infection by hand sterilizing and wearing masks.
Looking forwards to the 100th and even 200th anniversaries of the company, all executives and employees pledged to do their best in their roles.
As part of the continuing modernisation of JMC’s corporate brand we are pleased to launch our updated website. The new site, at www.jmcfinechem.com, is an English-first site, reflecting our global focus. The branding and colors reflect the changes we have introduced to our packaging and company brochures. We are also more clearly articulating our company slogan ‘Creating Sweetness and Pure Chemistry’ which emphasises our main business, saccharin as well as our growing business in creating new materials and partnerships in other sectors of the chemical industry.
The website highlights JMC’s main business areas and in each section a video enables customers and partners to see inside JMCs facilities. This transparency emphasises our commitment to high quality manufacturing.
In the next phase of our digital upgrade JMC will begin to publish more content through our social media channels so be sure to follow us for further updates.
A message to our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic
With COVID-19 still impacting lives and businesses around the world, we made this video to connect with our partners on a personal level as we work to overcome this situation together. If you need us, let our staff be your “Sweet Super Heroes”.
Message to our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic
Our key message is that throughout this global pandemic, JMC has remained open for business and has continued to manufacture and distribute our products.
We sincerely hope that all our customers will overcome the current difficulties as soon as possible and that all your co-workers and families are healthy. The current global uncertainty is challenging, but we feel confident that we can get through this together. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.