July 22nd, 2013
Saint-Gobain Seals received EU certification for their custom formulated compound, Fluoroloy® A79, regarding direct food contact. As food contact materials come into contact with food, molecules can migrate from the contact material to the food, and because of this, many countries have established regulations and rigorous testing to ensure food safety. Food contact materials can be constructed from a variety of materials such as plastics, rubber, paper, coatings, metal, or a combination of materials.
Fluoroloy® A79, a plastics material, meets the requirements of the European Commission Regulation (EU) No 1935/2004 and 10/2011 with the use of Simulant C (20% ethanol); it was tested for specific and overall migration and all results were below the maximum limit. Fluoroloy® A79 material is currently being used as the jacket material for seals within industrial ice cream machines but is also compliant with other food processing equipment. In addition to the EU certification, Fluoroloy® A79 material also meets US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for materials which have repeated contact with food or drugs for oral consumption.
Aside from the Fluoroloy® A79 material, Saint-Gobain Seals offers more than 80 standard Fluoroloy® grades. Several other Fluoroloy® grades are available for food applications that are also compliant with EU regulation 1935/2004 and 10/2011, FDA, USP Class VI, USDA and 3A Sanitary.
The Fluoroloy® name is a registered trademark of Saint-Gobain Seals, consisting of a family of proprietary materials that are composed primarily of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based resins and developed to perform in the most diverse and extreme applications for various markets such as Oil & Gas, Automotive, Aerospace and Life Sciences.
This material is also being used for the jacket material to manufacture OmniSeal® spring-energized seals, which provide excellent chemical resistance and physical, thermal and tribological properties. In the Oil & Gas Industry, OmniSeal® polymer seals will be utilized on the world's first subsea gas compression station in the Åsgard field offshore Norway, which will be installed in 2015. The material has been certified to the NORSOK M710rev2 and API 6A standards, making Saint-Gobain Seals one of few companies to reach this high level of compliance. In the Life Sciences industry, OmniSeal® seals are often used in surgical tools and are part of the only full-powered, reusable, battery operated endoscopic stapler in the world.
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