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FDA Seals

FDA Seals – Full Documentation Provided

M Barnwell Services are the UK’s leading supplier of FDA Seals for the Processing, Packaging and Food / Beverage / Pharma Industries.

O-Rings, hygienic gaskets and custom-designed components can be manufactured from over 40 FDA-compliant rubber material grades. These include:

Our popular FDA Seals and services include:

It is crucial to purchase FDA Seals from a reputable company, who fully understand the regulations as well as your requirements.  M Barnwell Services’ industry experience and extensive range mean we can source a range of quality FDA compliant compounds that will be suitable to your specific requirements.

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FDA Seals

What are FDA Seals and what do they do?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for overseeing the manufacturing and distribution of consumer products such as food, pharmaceuticals, electronic products that emit radiation, and medical devices together with the development of biological products such as cosmetics, products that treat allergies, and vaccines.  All FDA produced materials are handled and packaged in a certified cleanroom environment and subjected to strict testing to meet the requirements of the most demanding food and beverage processing operations.  FDA manages a list of materials and chemicals that are approved for contact with foods.  They make sure those products are safe to use, effective and accurately labelled.  Materials that meet these requirements are then declared as FDA Compliant.

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FDA compliant rubber materials usually are:
  1. Used for food, drink, dairy, meat or any food-compliant chemicals
  2. Dependable service at broad scope of temperature
  3. Inodorous, tasteless and present essential resistance to bacteria escalation
  4. Non-allergenic, non-toxic and non-marking

FDA CFR 21.177.2600 (paragraphs A – D)  represent the applicable regulations for ‘Rubber articles intended for repeated use’.  These paragraphs list the components and numerical restraints that may be used in rubber compounds for formed products intended for repeated use in all stages of food production, preparation and freightage.

FDA CFR 21.177.2600 (paragraphs E & F)  specifies restraints on extractable products if the FDA rubber seal is intended to be used in contact with water or greasy foods. The regulation details extraction test limits in water and n-hexane.  For the FDA rubber material to be compliant with these regulations, this claim must be backed with relevant documentation such as manufacturer’s FDA Compliance Certificate.

FDA does not ‘approve’ products to CFR 21.177.2600.  The manufacturer has the responsibility to prove compliance by publishing an FDA Certificate.  A component may be produced using an FDA rubber material that is adequate for food contact; this does not imply that the part is technically suitable for its planned application.

Above compounds must consist entirely of the elements recorded in the FDA’s White List situated in the Code of Federal regulations (title 21).  O-ring producers must exploit food-grade materials solely from the white list of FDA’s endorsed ingredients.