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Drinking Water Standards on Food Grade Lubricants

Drinking water systems hold a much higher standard for food grade lubricants. Through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the National Sanitation

Foundation (NSF) has established Standard 60 and Standard 61, which are the recognized health effects standards for water system lubricants.

The NSF requires the use of ANSI/NSF Standard 60 and Standard 61 certified lubricants whenever there is a possibility of contact between lubricants used for system components and drinking water. Certified lubricants are safe, synthetic biodegradable lubricants designed for machinery in which “incidental” contact may occur between drinking water or food.

Unlike ANSI/NSF certified lubricants, certain industrial lubricants contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), which if accidentally released into water wells, become groundwater contaminants similar to fuel oil and other petroleum products.

Moreover, there is a difference between NSF certified products and NSF registered products. NSF certified products have undergone rigorous testing to certify that components and products that come in contact with drinking water are nontoxic and safe to use. These lubricants are included in ANSI/NSF Standards 60 and 61.

NSF certified products carry the round NSF mark.

Meanwhile, NSF registered lubricants or products are those that are safe to use in a drinking water system environment, e.g., in or around a well house. However, registered lubricants must not come in contact with drinking water. All drinking water contact lubricants must be certified.

To make sure that drinking water is safe for public consumption, manufacturers should only use NSF certified and registered food grade lubricants.  The Industrial Lubricant’s Food Grade lubricants are 100% OEM compatible and formulated specifically for each type of industrial equipment being used in the food services industry.  Composed of the highest quality synthesized hydrocarbon fluids available, these special blends offer extended life and protect against wear, rust, and corrosion.  Check our product offerings on our website

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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