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Food & Beverage Why Converting to All Food-Grade Lubricants is a Smart Move for Food Safety

Look inside the lubricant cabinet of a food, beverage or pharmaceutical plant and you may be surprised at what you find:

  • Non-food grade lubricants containing poisonous barium
  • Industrial degreasers
  • Adhesives that employ nasty solvents
  • Non-transparent grease guns

Lube cabinet clutter leads to consequences

When non-food-grade lubricants clutter up a storage cabinet, there’s always the chance that someone reaches for the wrong lubricant at the wrong time. When that happens, industrial lubricants that contain lithium or barium could cause serious contamination.

In the past, the thinking was that industrial lubricants (H2) could be used depending on whether the application was “above the line or below the line.” That meant, for example, anything inside a gearbox below a conveyor belt could not reach the food above it.

That thinking has since been challenged with studies and experiences showing how contamination can actually occur in food plants.

Avoid risks by going with all food-grade lubricants

The only way to completely avoid the risks of contamination is to eliminate all non-food-grade lubricants in the cabinet and in the plant. This practice accords with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scrutinizing every ingredient in the “Farm to Fork” supply chain. It also brings other benefits:

  • Standardizing on NSF H1 food-grade-approved lubricants simplifies inventory
  • Eliminates a source of potential contamination with hazardous substances
  • Assures equipment longevity with food-grade lubricants that provide the same friction and corrosion protection as industrial lubricants

See our white paper on why it pays to convert to all food-grade lubricants.

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