Food grade lubricants are potentially indirect food additives. A grease or oil can become a food additive through leaks, over lubrication, messy application during maintenance, etc. Today’s pharmaceutical, beverage and food-associated processing plants are running faster and harder than ever before. Selecting and implementing premium quality No-Tox Food Grade Lubricants along with the proper lubrication program ensures safe and efficient operations all while increasing profitability.
An oil or grease qualifies as an NSF H1 food grade lubricant when, in the event of a contamination, it is present in no more than 10 mg per kg of the foodstuff in question and must not cause any physiological hazard or affect the food’s odor and taste in any way. Bel-Ray No-Tox Food Grade Lubricants are special blends of base fluids and additives approved by the US FDA and registered by NSF International in the H1, 3H and HT1 categories.
The following definitions of H1, H2, 3H, H3 and HT1 lubricants are provided by NSF International, the standard which has replaced the now-defunct USDA H1 rules, procedures and systems for lubricants (Prior to September 30, 1998 approval and compliance of food grade lubricants was the responsibility of the USDA).
H1 – Lubricants with incidental food contact (so called Food Grade lubricants):
Preparations permitted for use as lubricants and anti-rust agents, or as release agents on gaskets or seals of tank closures, where there is possibility of incidental food contact must be formulated in compliance with CFR, Title 21, Section 178.3570 and other sections referenced therein. The amount used should be the minimum required to accomplish the required technical effect on the equipment so treated. When a product is used as an anti-rust film, it should be removed by washing or wiping before putting the equipment back into service.
3H – Release Agents:
These products are used on grills, loaf pans, cutters, boning benches, chopping boards, or other hard surfaces in contact with meat and poultry food products to prevent food from adhering during processing. Products containing edible oils such as corn oil, cottonseed oil and soybean oil, mineral oil complying with 21 CFR, Part 172, Section 172.878, and other GRAS substances may be acceptable upon review by NSF. In addition, defoaming agents complying with 21 CFR Section 173.340 (a) (1) and (a) (2) may be acceptable.
Clarion Food Grade Lubricants
Clarion Food Grade Lubricants includes white mineral oils, hydraulic fluids, greases, synthetics and specialty lubricants.
This line is widely used in a variety of food processing operations as well as the manufacturing of drugs and cosmetics. These lubricants meet the most stringent standards of purity and performance and can be categorized into two groups:
- NSF 3H registered products used for applications where the purity of the oil is paramount due to the possibility of direct contact with food for human consumption.
- NSF H-1 registered products used for processing and packaging machinery where the possibility of incidental contact with food product exists.
Clarion Food Grade Credentials
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents the most sweeping reform to the powers of the FDA in 70 years and is designed to prevent contamination before it occurs. Clarion has you covered. Clarion Lubricants is dedicated to helping you comply with current lubricant guidelines and take proactive steps so that you can quickly adapt to future changes.
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Direct Food Contact (USP NF, NSF 3H) Registered Lubricants
Incidental Food Contact (NSF H-1) Registered Lubricants
- Clarion Food Machinery A/W Oils
- Clarion Food Machinery Gear Lubes
- Clarion Food Machinery HT EP Greases
- Clarion Chain and Trolley Lube
- Clarion FM CS EP 2 Grease
- Clarion Food Grade FR Fluid
- Clarion Food Machinery Grease No. 2
- Clarion PM Hi-Temp Food Machinery 100 Greases
Incidental Food Contact (NSF H-1) Registered Synthetic Lubricants
Clarion Food Grade Lubricants meet stringent standards of purity and performance for food and beverage processing, food packaging, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. All Clarion Lubricants are backed by the Clarion warranty.