Dow’s UCON™ OSP Achieves Global HX-1 “Food Grade” Designation

Midland, MI - October 03, 2014

Dow recently received U.S. FDA Food Contact Notification for UCON™ OSP (oil-soluble polyalkylene glycols) as a lubricant base oil and additive in food processing applications with incidental food contact.

Now UCON OSP has achieved HX-1 designation from international standards organization, NSF International. The registered grades are UCON™ OSP-32, 46, 68, 150 and 220 Lubricant.

"This registration gives our customers more product choices, with added benefits desired by the food and beverage industry,” said Lisa Inoue, global strategic marketing leader for UCON OSP.

“Food-grade products formulated with OSP can have inherently good thermal and oxidative stability,” said Inoue. “Oxidation rate is a function of your lubricant’s base oil and additive quality. Improved oxidation stability accounts for the higher operating temperatures OSP can handle.”

“Another strong benefit of OSP is solvency,” Inoue added. “This is demonstrated by its impressively low aniline point, which can lead to excellent deposit control in a lubricant, but also equipment cleanliness. OSP blends really well with most mineral oils and synthetics alike, including polyalphaolefins and esters, so OSP can be an important formulation component in upgrading the performance of food-grade lubricants.”

The industry agrees it’s in the best interest of food companies and lubricant blenders to comply with global standards that minimize risk exposure for consumers. “As export of prepared foods grows in less regulated countries like India and China,” Inoue said, “more lubricant marketers are turning to UCON™ OSP for appropriate solutions that perform in challenging food-grade applications.”

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