C4A – Guidance for Lubricants in Food Applications

July 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


By Gina Reo


Over application or incorrect usage of lubricants can lead to insanitary conditions or contamination. Often condensate plays a big part in refrigerated foods and mixed with improper use of lubricants can spell potential problems in the environment.

Proper application for lubricant use, examples of both good and poor practices will be covered, as well as watch-outs for industry, tracking recommendations, lubricant ratings, FDA approved applications, control programs and decision tree for Extraneous Material Control will be outlined.

Best practices will be covered so lubricant program can augment the verification requirement for the new Food Safety Plan (HARPC/HACCP) under FDA FSMA.

Why should you Attend: FDA at one time approved and updated a lubricant listing for the food industry. This is now the responsibility of manufactures to manage.

The use of lubricants in foods has come under scrutiny of late for over-application leading to concerns on human health and possible contamination in manufacturing of foods.

Potential migration of extraneous material in food products is a concern which needs to be managed properly as the use of lubricants is essential in many processes including the food industry.

Additionally, lubricants have been suspected to cause possible adverse health concerns so minimizing the impact of lubricant use is a prudent approach for application in foods where its’ release properties are vital in molding operations and in some packaging uses.

Safe handling, preventative controls for FSMA and examples will be covered in this session.

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