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Benefits of Using Food-Grade Lubricants during Food Production

The use of food-grade lubricants for food processing plants has been discussed in Richard Beercheck’s article published in Lubes ‘n’ Greases EMEA magazine. According to Beercheck, several food manufacturing industries have requested lubricant manufacturers to produce more food-safe lubricants as a solution to the contamination crisis.

Most pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturers are known to shun the idea of using food-grade lubricants across their production lines to evade an increase in costs, overlooking the risk of food contamination. Once the use of apt lubricants is ignored, contamination issues are introduced to the entire food manufacturing plant, risking consumer safety.

According to the article’s statistics, 60,000 tons of lubricants are demanded by Europe’s food sector annually with only 15,000 tons being food-grade lubricants used in manufacturing plants.

Product recalls occur when food manufacturing plants fail to establish good quality, hygiene and product liability within the company. These recalls can greatly affect not only the sales percentage of a company but also its stock shares.

An example of a contamination-caused product recall backlash happened to a U.S. company producing processed ham, baby food and sliced turkey. It was found out that only 1% of the meat was contaminated after testing but 40,000 kg of the product had to be recalled for consumer safety purposes.

Aside from financial decline, bad press and lawsuits follow the entire process of having product recalls. Product patrons will decrease, resulting to a downfall in sales and marketability.

For your food production facility’s safety, the Industrial Lubricant Store (ILS) offers a comprehensive collection of expert quality food-grade lubricants blended only with the finest oils suitable for use with various food processing applications. Browse through our extensive product line at today.

About the Author
Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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