The ISO 21469:2006 is an international standard designed for lubricants used in the food and pharmaceutical industry that may come into contact with the products.
The safety of foodstuff consumption is a hot topic. The media regularly report on products that are recalled because consumer safety cannot be guaranteed. As such, it is of the utmost importance that food safety measures be practised effectively during production.
As an auditor for various food safety standards, I implement these standards for QMSI audits. I have a background in food technology, and I have years of experience in drafting risk analyses and assessing hygiene in production processes.
In practice, I sometimes encounter the idea that food-grade lubricants do not pose a risk for consumers. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. A lubricant can be approved based on its composition, however, that does not mean that new hazards were not introduced during production. It could also be a lubricant with incidental contact, which typically has a maximum of 10 ppm.
The ISO 21469 standard helps to ensure that hygiene and the introduction of hazards are properly controlled during production. It also requires the user to be adequately informed on correct usage of the lubricant.