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Food-Grade Lubricant Classifications

Manufacturing, processing, handling as well as storage of food and beverage products, which includes product packaging, require quality-checked, certified and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)-registered food-grade lubricants. These food grade oils can be H1, H2, or H3, depending on the intended use and composition required for the application.

A thorough review of the oils’ ingredients and a list of safe compounds in case of food contact at low levels are needed for voluntary registration of the food grade lubricants manufactured in the market. Ensuring the food-grade oil’s certification and registration gives manufacturers and consumers confidence that the circulating products are safe for human consumption. In addition, packaging machinery for food and beverage storage should now be produced on equipment utilizing NSF-approved oils.

H2 lubricants should not come in contact with food and beverage products. These lubricants use HX-2 as an ingredient, while the H3 types are soluble oils with HX-3 as the main ingredient. The H3 is unique in that it can be used for various food processing substances, as a release agent during direct food contact in chopping boards, meat slicing blades and mincers to prevent sticking, where it can act as a lubricating film and release material.

Out of the three types, the H1 lubricant is the chief kind and is commonly called a lubricant formulated with incidental food contact in mind. The lubricant type is similar to applications where it is possible for the food-grade oil to touch the products in low concentrations caused by leakage or over-lubrication.

Food, beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturing are highly sensitive fields that require the use of high-quality lubricants certified by industry leaders and regulatory boards concerned. The Industrial Lubricant Store offers 100% OEM compatible food-grade oils for virtually any industrial machine utilized in the food services and production industry. Made of the best quality synthesized hydrocarbon fluids, these special formulations offer extended life and protection against wear, rust, and corrosion. View our extensive product line and available services 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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