It is essential that the right food grade lubricant is used in factories as a mistake can severely affect the productivity rate, occur unnecessary costs or worse, trigger a recall due to contamination. What can manufacturers do to safeguard themselves? By Imtiaz Ahmad, Asia-Pacific Mobil SHC brand manager, Exxon Mobil

BASF has expanded its Elastollan portfolio to include special Food Contact (FC) grades which are suitable for use in applications involving contact with food.

They consist of numerous ether and ester based grades that can be used in a wide range of applications ranging from conveyor belts, films and fabrics through to hoses.

The new grades from BASF comply with both the EU guidelines, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standard, and satisfy the high safety requirements of the Guidance for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

With increasing focus on food safety, it is essential for food manufacturers to ensure that their processes are completely risk-free. Food grade lubricants have come a long way in recent years, but more knowledge is needed to navigate through the complexity. By Michael Colquhoun, category portfolio manager, white oil and food grade lubricants, Petro-Canada Lubricants

Microbial organisms can metabolise selected ingredients of lubricants, but it is almost impossible to completely disinfect machine parts such as lubricated bearings. To avoid complications, H1 lubricants containing antimicrobial additives may be an ideal solultion. By Dr Martin Wünsch, head of research and development, Lubricant Consultant

Sprayon has introduced the LU214 Food Grade Low Temperature Lubricant as part of its expanded line of NSF H1-rated food grade lubricants.

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