The term “food-grade lubricant” has been generally accepted by the lubricants industry for quite some time to describe lubricants that are acceptable for incidental contact with foodstuffs. However, recent discussion during the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s Food-Grade Lubricants Working Group meeting in June revealed that many industry players are not completely satisfied with the nuances of the term.
To begin, it is important to understand the mission of NLGI’s Food-Grade Lubricants Working Group. According to the organization, its primary goals are “to educate and update members of the Working Group and the industry on current issues, regulations and concerns relating to the use of food-grade lubricants. The Working Group provides a forum to communicate and discuss these issues, regulations and concerns.”