Food and drink processors will find the route towards retailer, EFSIS and BRC audit compliance much easier thanks to leading food-grade lubricants manufacturer ROCOL® investing in becoming the UK’s first ISO 21469:2006 certified lubricants manufacturer.

ISO 21469:2006 is a globally recognised hygiene certification that ticks an important box for auditors as it provides credible, independent assurance that all ROCOL® products are formulated, manufactured and supplied hygienically and safely.

That means any food and drink manufacturer using FOODLUBE® lubricants, especially those reliant on leading retailers through long-term contracts, have a vital first step towards conforming with major supermarket, European Food Safety Inspection Service and British Retail Consortium audit requirements.

Products in the FOODLUBE® range are already NSF-H1 registered, which specifies the hygiene requirements for the formulation, use and handling of lubricants that may incidentally come into contact with products during food and drink manufacturing. All NSF-H1 registered products are independently tested to guarantee safety and manufactured only from FDA listed ingredients which are free from animal derived materials, nut oils, soya, dairy and genetically modified ingredients.

ISO 21469:2006 builds on this to represent another important layer of safety approval. It means that products are manufactured to stringent recipe and hygiene standards using good manufacturing practices, dedicated equipment and strict handling procedures.

Brendan Kendrick, UK sales director at ROCOL®, says, “We are committed to helping UK food and drink manufacturers achieve excellence in safe, food-grade manufacturing which is why we have invested in ISO 21469:2006 certification. It means complete audit trail peace of mind for manufacturers who benefit by being able to prove that the lubrication products used throughout their processes have been subjected to stringent and rigorous hygiene and safety testing.

“It is the perfect compliment to NSF-H1 because it demonstrates all FOODLUBE® products are formulated, manufactured and designed to be stored and used within an approved hygiene strategy which has accounted for all chemical, physical and biological hazards. We are also required to inform all our NSF-H1 lubricant customers about the hygiene requirements for products in-use.

As part of its ISO 21469 certification, ROCOL® also provides risk assessments in the use of lubricants, conducts factory audits, helps customers develop and police effective quality assurance procedures and monitors product composition through ongoing sampling and retesting.

 

Supporting processors at every step

Securing ISO 21469:2006 certification comes hot on the heels of another important recent breakthrough which saw ROCOL® launch PUROLTM, its first NSF-H1 and 3H grease.

Developed in response to engineers’ feedback and increasingly strict auditor requirements, PUROL is a high performance food grade grease which also acts as a release agent for use on machinery parts that come into direct contact with food – such as blades, guides, bearings and seals on mincer plates, mixers and slicers.

The product’s unique food-safe formulation helps engineers maintain equipment to the highest standard, offering a high performance alternative to rapeseed or vegetable oils. This is a winning solution to face the dual challenge of ensuring compliance with critical safety standards whilst at the same time keeping production downtime to a minimum.

 

 

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