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NSF Discusses Food Contamination Risks Management through Registered Food-Grade Lubricants and Other Nonfood Compounds

Contamination risks are some of the main problems of production companies in the food industry. These risks come a long way from product and ingredient handling to the nonfood compounds used on equipment including lubricants, cleaners, degreasers, and water treatment chemicals.

NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) International manages contamination risks by evaluating and registering nonfood compounds that may initiate food contamination with their chemical components. Before these compounds are officially registered, they undergo preliminary evaluation through toxicological review, product label assessment, and actual product testing.

Product registration categories classify the nonfood compounds according to specific product regulations, ingredient, application, and type of material. Among the many categories are Category H (for hydraulic fluids, oils, lubricants, and greases), category A (cleaners), category D (antimicrobial agents), and category G (water treatment products used in food processing factories).

Due to the increasing end-user demand and local production, the market growth of nonfood product registrations heightened. In response to the demand, Mexico has begun producing massive supplies of Category D antimicrobial agents and Category A cleaning agents for use in food processing environments that are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered for global distribution.  

Food product safety and quality in adherence to governing regulatory boards and industrial standards can be achieved when food production facilities utilize only food-grade lubricants and NSF-registered cleaning agents. The Industrial Lubricant Store (ILS) provides NSF-registered food-grade lubricants that are specifically blended to extend equipment’s life. Browse through ILS’ full spectrum of superior quality food-grade oils 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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