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ubricant manufacturers always
have to be concerned with
regulations, and the production
of food-grade lubricants is no different. Ensuring that food products are
safe and free from contaminants is
surely not overlooked by the modern
consumer, either, making food-grade
lubricants an area of hyperfocus for
many ILMA members.
It seems that every new food safety
incident, regardless of the source,
prompts new concerns and, often, new
legislation. That can become a challenge for lubricant manufacturers and
distributors as they work hard to remain
knowledgeable, compliant and safe.
According to Food Processing's
2018 Manufacturing Outlook Survey,
product recalls were reported by one
out of eight of the 241 respondents
to the survey, in some cases carrying a
cost of up to $10 million.
"Almost 25 percent of respondents
to the US survey ranked food safety
as their top concern - ahead of cost
control, labour safety and automation,"
according to an article in Engineers
Australia's member magazine, Create.

Food Safety Challenges
NSF International, a U.S.-based
nongovernmental organization, has
established three levels of food-grade
lubricant registration:
* H1: Lubricants that could come
into incidental contact with food
(e.g., on a conveyor belt)
* H2: Lubricants used in areas with
no possibility of touching food
* H3 (soluble oils): Edible oils used
on grills, hooks or trolleys to
prevent rust or corrosion
"Global demand for food-grade
lubricants is rising primarily due to the
growth in the global food processing
industry and introduction of highly
stringent food safety laws," stated an

article on Facts Week. "The U.S. has
a high number of regulations for food
safety and also accounts for [a] large
share of the global food grade lubricants market."
According to Andreas Adam,
the international sales director at
FAGOL AG, a German specialty
lubricants developer and producer of
private-label products, in an article
for New Food magazine, "Due to the
high impact that any safety breaches
have on the consumer, the need
for maximum safety and improved
supplier responsibility via systems such
as ISO 21469 products will continue
to improve." Equipment, writes Adam,
also continues to improve, pushing the
need for better lubricants.

Regulatory Challenges
Food-grade lubricant manufacturers
work hard to ensure lubricant safety
while also attempting to manage
costs for their customers. It's a tough
balancing act that, in many regards, is
becoming tougher.
"The biggest regulatory challenge
we face is the limitation of what base
oils and additives we can use in the
formulations," said Sam Burkett,
president of BioBlend Renewable
Resources LLC. "Traditional lubricants have a vast array of base oils and
additives, while food-grade products
are limited to meet strict regulatory
requirements."
More enforcement in the industry has increased the demand for
high-performance products, he says.
"Helping our customers keep their
products competitive, economical and
within the regulations and independent monitoring surveillance is
challenging, but necessary, to maintain the integrity of the food-grade
segment," said Gavin Duckworth, vice
president of national accounts with
Functional Products Inc.

"Food-grade lubricant
manufacturers
work hard to ensure
lubricant safety while
also attempting to
manage costs for their
customers."
The regulatory challenges themselves can be perplexing to deal with,
says Darren Booth, vice president of
operations with Lubrication Engineers
Inc. (LE), adding that perhaps the
greatest challenge is the growth in the
number of types of regulations that
must be dealt with. "Food plants in
the U.S. are regulated primarily by
the USDA, yet our lubricants are not
only regulated by them, but also EPA,
DOT or any number of international
regulatory bodies," he said. "Between
all of the various regulatory bodies,
there ends up being conflicting regulatory information or requirements."
John Sander, vice president of
research and development (R&D) at
LE, provides an example: an HX-1
additive that, per Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines,
yields a suspected reproductive hazard
on the SCS and label when put in
at a concentration that provides the
desired lubrication performance.
"Who would want to use an additive
in a food plant that is a suspected
reproductive hazard, even though the
formulation is approved for incidental
food contact?" he asked.
"Keeping up with changes, overlapping regulatory requirements from
local, state, federal and country regulatory bodies is overwhelming for our
line of business and our customers,"
said Duckworth.
The challenges are definitely
increasing from a labeling and hazard
communication standpoint, says

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings July 2018

LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
WHAT’S COMING UP
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
In the Know
International Insight
Market Report
HIGHER RATES, TIGHTER CAPACITY
BEARING FRUIT IN THE FOOD-GRADE LUBRICANTS MARKET
ACHIEVING PEAK PERFORMANCE
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
Cross Connections
PORTRAIT
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 1
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 2
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - INSIDE ILMA
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 5
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 6
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 7
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 9
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - WHAT’S COMING UP
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 11
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 13
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 14
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - International Insight
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 17
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - HIGHER RATES, TIGHTER CAPACITY
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - BEARING FRUIT IN THE FOOD-GRADE LUBRICANTS MARKET
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - ACHIEVING PEAK PERFORMANCE
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - BUSINESS HUB
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - 42
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - Member Connections
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - Cross Connections
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ILMA Compoundings July 2018 - PORTRAIT
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