Why use food-grade lubricants?

It’s important to use NSF-registered, food-grade lubricants to maintain the safety of food fabrication operations. This becomes essential when undergoing a certification process.

What is a food-grade lubricant?

The term “food-grade” means that a product complies with the regulatory guidelines of specialized organisms like NSF International.

NSF registration and ISO 21469 certification give credence that, even though there’s a risk of a lubricant making food contact, no food contamination will occur. For a lubricant to earn this registration, it needs to comply with FDA fabrication standards in the Federal Regulations Code, Title 21 (FDA 21 CFR).

Within these requirements is a list of approved chemicals for lubricant fabrication, as well as concentration limits that each lubricant can have.

Main types of food-grade lubricants, according to their NSF registration and use.

H1 lubricants

Lubricants with incidental food contact

These lubricants are for applications where incidental food contact may occur. These applications use the minimum amount of lubricant.

These lubricants are for all sorts of machinery that work nearby food processing, such as chains, conveyor belts, ovens, pelletizers, and other equipment where incidental food contact is unavoidable.

H2 lubricants

General use, food industry lubricants with no food contact.

These lubricants are for food processing areas where they won’t have any food contact.

These lubricants aren’t food-grade per se. However, they do comply with FDA CFR 21 guidelines.

3H lubricants

Lubricants and release agents in direct food contact.

These products keep food from sticking to grills, ovens, and other hard surfaces. These lubricants and release agents are in direct food contact.

Breadmaking and confectionary are examples of processes where these products keep food from sticking to hard surfaces, such as molds.

Protect your process’ safety without losing performance.

Just because a lubricant is food-grade doesn’t mean it shouldn’t deliver the performance you need. A lubricant isn’t a necessary evil, but a tool to reach your goals.

At Interlub, we offer specialty lubricants with both NSF registration and ISO 21469 certification that deliver industry-grade performance.

All our food-grade products comply with safety guidelines.

We are one of the world’s first lubrication companies to align its 3H food-grade fabrication processes to the FSSC 22000 norm.

We have an area exclusively for food-grade fabrication.

Explore additional

We’ve put together these technical resources to help you make better lubrication decisions. Here you’ll find videos, calculators, product-specific information, among other useful resources.

Food industry lubricants

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Food pelletizing lubricants

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NSF registration

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