Moving beyond NSF H1: What the ISO 21469 lubricant standard means for food safety
Since 1998, when the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) assumed administration of the H1 registration program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), concerns about food safety have only increased. In 2000, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was formed to benchmark various food safety standards used throughout the entire food supply chain. Then, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented the Food Safety Modernization Act, which shifted the focus from responding to food contamination problems to preventing them. In the intervening years, the ISO 21469 standard was introduced in 2006. The ISO 21469 standard is voluntarily implemented by lubricant manufacturers who care to do so. This certification creates new benchmarks for lubricant manufacturers that ultimately benefit end-users by taking a holistic approach to the manufacturing of food-grade lubricants, covering the sourcing of raw materials, formulating, blending, filling and shipping.