Food Grade Lubricants

Significant Growth Forecast in the Use of Food Grade Lubricants

The independent research group, Foodwatch, has recently revealed evidence of mineral oil contamination in food products such as baby formula. As a safeguard, many companies are gradually introducing food grade lubricants in all areas of production. Consequently, global trends indicate that by 2024, growth in the lubricant industry is set to rise by at least 6.5%.


Mutagenic and carcinogenic mineral oils such as aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) and saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) are potentially harmful to health. These substances can infiltrate food production in a number of ways. Petroleum based plastic containers and printing inks used in packaging are sources of contamination. There is a growing trend to reduce contamination risks by introducing lubricants with food grade certification in upstream processes. Palm oil farmers in particular are being encouraged to use such lubricants during the mechanical recovery of raw materials.

Industrial Concerns

The oils used to lubricate food production machinery are a main cause for concern. Accidental leakage from vital machine lubricants cannot be completely prevented. Meat processing machinery needs oil to prevent the corrosion caused through constant steam cleaning. Corn milling machinery is often subject to large quantities of dust in gears and filters. Regular oiling is essential to maintain efficiency. Oils are an unavoidable part of food production and need to be food grade compliant.

High Performance Oils

The most reliable H1 food grade lubricants are effective against bacterial and fungal contamination, oxidation and corrosion. Synthetic zinc-free H1 oils are usually odourless, tasteless and suitable for compressors and hydraulic systems in direct contact with food or pharmaceutical ingredients. Other applications can include the lubrication of bearings, conveyors, wire ropes and articulated joints in refrigeration or freezing processes.