food safe lubricants


Founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, the NSF changed its name to NSF International in 1990 as it expanded its services beyond sanitation and into global markets.  As an independent, accredited organisation, it develops standards, tests and certifies products and systems. It provides auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment sectors.

The NSF mark is your assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected, independent certification organisations in existence today. It is valued by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies worldwide.

The NSF certification mark on a product means that the product complies with all standard requirements. NSF also conducts periodic unannounced inspections and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard.

The mark provides:

  • Knowledge that an impartial review against established criteria or guidelines has been conducted
  • Evidence that product labelling and claims have been objectively reviewed by a trusted third party
  • A way to differentiate your product from your competitors’ and gain advantage in the market
  • Evidence of your organisation’s company-wide commitment to quality, compliance and safety
  • Backing by a team of professionals dedicated to public health and safety operating in more than 170 countries around the world

The products on this site have been licensed by NSF under the following companies:

Extracts from The NSF International Whitebook

5.9 Lubricants: These products are used on food processing equipment as a protective anti-rust film, as release
agents on gaskets or seals of tank closures and as lubricants for machine parts and equipment.

5.9.1: Lubricants with incidental contact (Category Code H1). 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 shall be removed by washing or wiping before
putting the equipment back into service.

5.11.2: Solvents for cleaning electronic instruments (Category Code K2). These products typically consist of hydrocarbon, chlorinated hydrocarbon, or other water immiscible solvents, for cleaning electronic instruments that will tolerate aqueous cleaning solutions. Before using these compounds, food products and packaging materials must be removed from the area or carefully protected. These compounds must be used in a manner so that all odours associated with the compound are dissipated before food products or packaging materials are re-exposed in the area.

4.11: Release agents (Category Code 3H). 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.

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