May 21, 2014
/ FDA, USDA, NSF 51
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a list of rubber
compounding ingredients which tests have indicated are neither toxic nor
carcinogenic. Rubber compounds produced entirely from those ingredients
and which also pass the FDA extraction tests are said to "meet the FDA
requirements". The FDA does not approve rubber compounds. It is the
responsibility of the manufacturer to compound food grade materials from the
FDA list of ingredients and establish whether they pass the necessary
extraction requirements. Similar standards are established by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Additional requirements have been imposed upon seal manufacturers
regarding food and beverage service. Parker has developed several materials that are certified to NSF 51, Food and Beverage Standard. Typical applications for our FDA, NSF 51, USDA materials are disposable medical devices, surgical instruments and medical fluid dispensing components, as well as a wide variety of food and beverage handling equipment. The type of approval/certification required generally rests with the end customer's regulatory expectations for the specific application.