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Food Contamination Analysis and Prevention

Contamination is one of the main struggles of  food industry; it can either destroy a company’s reputation or harm the consumers after products have been purchased. Among the many contaminants that can affect a food production facility is the industrial lubricant used in the process itself. A lubricant leak from machinery parts such as chains or gears can contribute to problems in production as well as in the distribution of goods.

Food-safety hazards are diminished with the help of the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prohibiting food contamination by a non-food-grade lubricant.  The FDA Food and Safety Modernization Act states that each owner or operator of a food production facility must implement food safety strategies in order to minimize contamination in their processes. The FDA has made clear that any contaminated product recall will either be retrieved or destroyed. The public will be notified of the recall. A lawsuit can be filed against the production facility. The facility might receive low market shares due to negative publicity. The act may also require extra efforts for the company to regain its reputation and image back to the public.

The best way to avoid having product recalls from the FDA is by evaluating and addressing food safety risks in one’s production facility. This can be done by implementing an HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Plan) program. With this plan, the facility can identify the factors linking to contamination, establish measures for contamination control, monitor the measures implemented, and identify the best strategy for risk prevention.

Food-grade lubricants not only help prevent product recalls, these can protect your consumers’ health as well. Lubricants used in the food production industry are categorized into three types.  H1 lubricants are used for machinery that may have incidental contact with food. H2 lubricants are for equipment that has no possible contact with food at all. H3 lubricants are soluble oils that are used to prevent rust on trolleys, hooks, and similar equipment. These must be washed off from the equipment first before the machine can be put to use again.

Switching from ordinary lubricants to food-grade lubricants has a great effect on the production and equipment stability according to Machinery Lubrication magazine. Tests were conducted on a U.S food and beverage manufacturer for a year to prove this. The manufacturer’s switch to food-grade lubricants granted them benefits including 21% reduction in unplanned work orders, a decrease of nearly 50% repair-related downtime, and 57% worth of total savings.

HACCPs are nothing without the use of high quality food-grade lubricants that are NSF certified for use in various applications. The Industrial Lubricant Store offers food-grade lubricants that are specifically formulated to suit the needs of equipment in the food production industry. Browse through our extensive product line of quality food grade lubricants 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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