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How lubricants can contribute to food safety

The role of Klüber Lubrication as a member of the EHEDG

 

Food and beverage producers focus on consumer safety. An important part of assuring this is to produce in a safe and hygienic environment using safe lubricants. But how can the manufacturer be sure that the lubricants he uses are safe?

As a consortium of experts from the machine and component building industries, the European Hygienic Equipment Design Group – the EHEDG supports hygienic design in all areas of food production. Lubricants are considered machine components, which motivated an expert group of the EHEDG to create a Guideline -Document 23- specifically for lubricants. Similar to ISO 21469, this EHEDG Guideline describes binding hygiene measures to be used for the manufacture of H1 lubricants. It also contains instructions for the changeover of production machinery or its components to H1 lubricants.

The EHEDG lubricants subgroup exclusively recommends the use of H1 lubricants in food production. To quote the EHEDG, “There are many cases where operators knowingly or unknowingly use H2 lubricants for production sites in which H1 lubricants are required – either for economic reasons or by simply misunderstanding the use of H1 in comparison to H2”. Despite the classes’ similarity, and whilst it may seem acceptable to use H2 lubricants, the EHEDG opposes this as in some cases they may even turn out to be toxic! 

Klüber Lubrication promotes food safety as a company member of the EHEDG by advocating that all food and beverage producers use only H1 lubricants. Further

Klüber Lubrication production plants are certified according to the ISO 21469 standard for the production of premium quality H1-registered lubricants. 

 

 

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