Food for thought: Are NSF Certified lubricants necessary for the Food & Pharma industry?

Food, water and edible consumer products are a daily necessity. Since these products are for consumption, it is essential to ensure that the manufacturing process of these products is 100% safe. The Food and Pharma industry is perhaps one of the top segments that require strict adherence to rules and stipulations. One cannot risk contamination.

How do we ensure that the food & pharma products that we use are safe for consumption?

The NSF International was founded in 1944 by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to standardize sanitation and food safety requirements. NSF certification is your key to make sure that the products you use meet strict standards for public health protection.

Machinery used in Food and Pharma manufacturing requires regular maintenance. Using the right lubricants can drastically increase life and reduce maintenance downtime. However, incidental contact with food is something the maintenance managers have to look at closely. To this effect, NSF certified lubricants become necessary.

In the case of lubricants, NSF has three levels of certifications: H1, H2 and H3.

NSF-H1 (Highest level of certification): These lubricants are safe in case of incidental food contact on production lines. Which is crucial since speciality greases, synthetic gear oils and blended lubricating oils form a core part of our Food and Pharma product line.

They are used in machinery such as pumps, conveyor belts, mixers etc. The applications include canning, blending, cutting, slicing, bottling, brewing among many others.

Check out Molygraph’s range of NSF H1 certified lubricants here.

NSF H2: These lubricants are food safe but are not supposed to come in contact with food. Hence they are used in machines that do not come in direct contact with food like the forklift.

NSF H3: These are additives used in the formulation of food-grade products. These are usually edible oils like sunflower oil, cottonseed oil etc.

Molygraph’s SAFOL range is one of the best collections of NSF and Halal certified¬† Food & Pharma Lubricants available in the market like:


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