The Continuing Evolution of Food Grade Lubricants
This article details the evolution of food grade lubricants and how their use can eliminate lubricants as potential chemical hazards in HACCP plans.
For many years, the United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety and inspection service division (USDA/FSIS) reviewed the formulations of maintenance and operating chemicals, including lubricants, for use in official meat and poultry establishments that operate under USDA inspection. This “Prior Approval Program” as it came to be known, was the industry standard for determining food-grade lubricants. The USDA/FSIS’ List of Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds was the only source for good-grade and non-food-grade lubricant reference for food and beverage processors worldwide.