The Seed Crushers and Oil Processors Association (SCOPA) is the trade association for companies engaged in oilseed extraction and oil/fat processing in the United Kingdom.

Collectively, SCOPA members produce, on an annual basis, more than 1 million tonnes of refined oils and fats, and over 1.5 million tonnes of high protein meals.

The key objectives of SCOPA are to promote the common interest of its membership through dealings with Government and other regulatory bodies. SCOPA represents the interests of the industry within the EU through its membership of FEDIOL, the European Association.

SCOPA, the Seed Crushers and Oil Processors Association. Working with Oil and Fat, UK

Seed Crushing

SCOPA members operating crushing plants handle both homegrown and imported seeds. UK grown rapeseed accounts for more than two thirds of the whole crush. The extraction process results in the production of crude vegetable oils and high protein meals for animal feed.

Imported seeds comprise primarily soyabeans and sunflower seed plus smaller quantities of palm kernels, maize germ and certain other speciality seeds.

SCOPA, the Seed Crushers and Oil Processors Association, London, Merseyside and Hull oilseed extractions

Oil Processing

Refining members process these crude vegetable oils as well as other imported vegetable oils, to produce a range of refined oils and fats for both food and non-food use.

SCOPA warns on PAH's
The UK Seed Crushers and Oil Processors Association (SCOPA) is demanding greater vigilence from farmers to avoid high PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in the UK rapeseed crop.  This year there have been several loads delivered to crush plants with extremely high PAH levels.  This is costing UK crushers hundreds of thousands of pounds to deal with.
Oil facts
Oil forms an important ingredient in a vast number of products, and has a wide array of applications, from food to cosmetics, plastics, pharmaceuticals, even biofuels. You can find some interesting oil facts here.
Fediol is the Federation that represents the vegetable oils and fats industry in the European Union. It works with national associations, like SCOPA, to ensure a favourable business environment for seed crushers and oil processors.
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