Compliance and What It Means to You

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents the most sweeping reform to the powers of the FDA in 70 years and is designed to prevent contamination before it occurs. Clarion Lubricants has you covered. Clarion is dedicated to helping you comply with the current lubricant guidelines and take proactive steps so that you can quickly adapt to future changes.

Kosher Letter of Certification
Kosher Letter of Certification (Sprays)
Halal Letter of Certification
NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 61 Certification
Clarion Warranty Certification
NSF Registration Listing

Quick Guide to Food Grade Lubricants

An easy-to-follow overview of how Clarion Food Grade Lubricants can help you protect your equipment, this Quick Guide will walk you through how to minimize risk of contamination and optimize performance.


FDA 21 CFR 172.878 FDA 21 CFR 178.3620(a) FDA 21 CFR 178.3570 NSF 3H NSF H-1 NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 61 Kosher
/ Halal
Clarion Food Grade White Mineral Oils (200 and 350 only)
Clarion Food Machinery A/W Oils (ISO 32 and 68 only)
Clarion Food Machinery Gear Oils (ISO 220 only)
Clarion Food Machinery HT EP Greases (NLGI 2 only)
Clarion Food Machinery Grease No. 2
Clarion CompressorGard
Clarion SynBar Fluids
Clarion Synthetic Gear Fluids
Clarion Synthetic Refrigeration Fluid

* Please note that it is the Buyer's responsibility to ensure product selection meets all application requirements, including OEM recommendations as well as maintenance history and conditions. Buyer is also required to ensure that product selection meets any and all appropriate federal, state and local codes and requirements.

* Additionally, it is the Buyer's responsibility to properly verify all operating conditions and environment prior to product application. Furthermore, it is recommended that Buyer ensure continuing product performance through the use of ongoing site surveys and condition monitoring programs.

NSF Food Grade Lubricant Compliance

The food and beverage industry's need to eliminate contaminants in the production process has led to many impressive technological improvements. Using food grade lubricants such as Clarion, which are National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified and offer superior lubrication and performance, increases both food safety and food producer profitability.

In the past, food grade lubricants did not always live up to the high performance levels of industrial lubricants like hydraulic and compressor oils. However, that has changed significantly in the last several years. Today's food grade lubricants now equal or surpass the rigorous standards of industrial grade lubricants. Now, the performance of Clarion food grade lubricants is equal to or better than that of their standard mineral-oil counterparts and often times they have a longer service life.

Food safety is a primary concern for food and beverage manufacturers. Because of advances in food grade lubricant technology, contamination of food due to unintentional contact between the food and lubricant has been significantly reduced.

What Are Food Grade Lubricants?

Food grade lubricants are formulated to be used in food and beverage processing equipment. These lubricants must perform the same functions as their standard industrial analogs while meeting the rigorous NSF standards for lubricants for direct or incidental food contact. Food grade lubricants must resist deterioration due to contamination with water, edible products, steam, and the chemical cleaners used to keep food and beverage processing equipment free of microorganisms. In addition, food grade lubricants must be tasteless, odorless, inert, and allergen-free.

Food and beverage processing equipment needs to be lubricated in order to operate smoothly, just like any other machinery. Food grade lubricants were created to provide the necessary lubrication of the equipment used to process food while reducing the chance of contamination of the food during processing. Yet, the possibility of contact between food and lubricants cannot be entirely eliminated. This is why it is so important that food grade lubricants are used where needed in the food and beverage processing industries to help protect the safety of the food supply.

General applications for the use of food-grade lubricants include:

Clearly, the use of food grade lubricants is compatible with quality control procedures for meat, vegetable, fruit, and various other food processing systems. They safeguard against the possibility of a food recall due to lubricant contamination. Clarion formulas for food grade lubricants can be used on any machinery whose operation carries the potential to contaminate food, so we can definitely help food manufacturers stay in compliance with NSF and federal food safety standards.

Food Grade Lubricant Compliance Standards

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for administering federal laws related to food, forestry, and agriculture, which previously included regulations related to food grade lubricant formulations. In order to receive USDA approval, lubricant manufacturers had to verify that all of their ingredients were allowable substances. However, as of 1998, the USDA exited the role of regulating or registering food grade lubricants.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has come to replace the USDA in providing the role of registering allowed components and formulations of food grade lubricants. NSF oversees the registration process for lubricants and other non-food materials. NSF registration is used more and more as a global industry standard. NSF registration of lubricants used in a food processing facility provides peace of mind to the facility operator that they are doing everything possible to protect their product from contamination.

It is in the best interest of the consumer that food processors and lubricant manufacturers comply with the USDA regulations and NSF limitations on food grade lubricant formulations. In an effort to guarantee food safety to consumers, Clarion provides a range of NSF H1 registered food grade lubricants that are suitable for use in applications where incidental contact with food is a possibility.

What Are Food Grade Lubricants?

The USDA originally created three categories for food grade lubricants based on their ingredients: H1, H2, and H3. Other categories have been added as additional applications in food processing have been developed.

H1 lubricants are food grade lubricants used on food processing equipment where incidental contact with food may occur. The limit for H1 lubricants in food is 10 parts per million (ppm) or 0.001%. A concentration of H1 lubricant in the food higher than 10 ppm is cause to condemn the food.

H1 lubricants are produced from selected base stocks that include white mineral oil, polyalphaolefin (PAO), polyalkylene glycol (PAG), and natural and synthetic esters. All base fluids must be registered with NSF as suitable for inclusion in food grade lubricants. In addition, the additives used in food grade lubricants must be registered as NSF HX-1 products and their concentration in the lubricant is typically limited to a relatively low concentration. For food grade greases, only certain thickeners may be used. In order to minimize the risk of food contamination, Clarion recommends converting all food manufacturing applications to H1 lubricants.

H2 lubricants are designated a non-food contact products. They can only be used in areas of food and beverage processing facilities where there is no possibility of contact between the lubricant and food. There are some compositional restrictions on H2 lubricants. They are not allowed to contain certain metals - antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium. Otherwise, they are typical industrial lubricants.

H3 lubricants are soluble or edible oils that are used to clean and prevent rust on hooks, trolleys, etc., mostly in meat processing facilities.

In addition to the original three designations, 3H lubricants are pure white mineral oils. They are designed for direct food contact, and are found primarily in baking and meat processing facilities.

In the United States, a significant number of food and beverage companies are now using food grade lubricants to ensure product safety. In addition, countries like India and China with a growing middle-class are finding a higher demand for pre-packaged foods, which requires the use of food grade lubricants in food processing facilities.

As countries invest in new processing plants, food manufacturers are investing in efficient food processing equipment that complies with health and safety standards. H1 food-grade lubricants help facilitate the goal of providing manufacturers with problem-free safe production. Clarion is proud to offer NSF compliant food grade grease and lubricants that deliver a high level of safety and quality.

Our line of Food Grade products includes white mineral oils, hydraulic fluids, greases, synthetics and specialty lubricants.

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