Plastics for food
Designed with safety in mind
Günther Maschinenbau GmbH

Compliant material solutions for the food industry

Producing food grade plastic compliant with the stringent requirements of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and European Food Contact regulations is a key requirement for thermoplastics machining operators in this field. For the Chinese market the CHina GB standards have to be considered. With our standard engineering thermoplastic portfolio, we also offer a special portfolio of food contact materials, which meet the specific demands of food technology in terms of safety and performance.

Ensinger provides its compliant materials with a product specific food contact certificate, declaring FDA approval for raw material, compliance with Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, (EU) 10/2011 (migration test for plastic semi-finished products) as well as (EC) 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice (GMP) for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. For the Chinese Food market we offer declarations according to China GB standards GB 4806.1-2016 as well as GB 4806.6-2012 (positiv list for resins) and GB 9685-2016 (for additives).

Thanks to their light weight and easy-to-machine properties, food grade materials can replace metals in a variety of applications in plant and machinery for meat, fish and poultry processing, dairy products, baked goods and confectionery production. Ensinger's food contact materials  enhance production, speed and safety in the manufacturing process. 

We also offer special plastics for the most common detection methods. As an alternative to conventional plastics, our portfolio includes blue materials for optical detection and plastics with multiple uses. These include our blue metal detectable products as well as metal and X-ray detectable materials for direct food contacts. We offer all these products in blue as standard. This increases safety during processing and also reduces costs.

Our technical office can assist you in choosing the most appropriate materials for your food contact plastics application, including the development of new materials


Benefits FOR THE Food Industry

Ensinger can provide food contact compliant plastics, which meet stringent quality and security requirements on production safety, seamless traceability and product certifications. The food portfolio includes materials compliant with FDA, EU 10/2011 and GB 4806.1-2016 regulations. Other regulations available on request.

Scrapers, valves and pistons, chain guiders, bushings, rollers, thrust washers, gear wheels, grippers, sliding bearings etc. these are only a few applications in food processing and packaging industry. As much as the applications can vary so, do the requirements, however, they all operate in a sensitive environment. Therefore, we offer a wide range of engineering and high performance plastics for various applications with or without food contact compliance.  

When replacing metals, one of the main factors to consider is the possibility of a more lightweight component, thanks to the use of plastics. For food technology, this could mean increased processing velocity and production efficiency.
When replacing components or sliding parts in metal with plastics, you can normally remove external lubrication, thus avoiding the risk of contamination of the food with oils or greases.  Ensinger provides food contact plastic compliant with stringent quality and security demands on production safety, seamless traceability and product certifications.
Choosing the right plastics for your food components which are regularly cleaned, sanitized or sterilized, means there is no need for additional protection against corrosion, as is normally required with metals (e.g. painting, surface treatment or selection of expensive special alloys). All of the Ensinger food grade plastics are resistant to cleaning agents to ensure the reusability and safety of components. In addition, the cleanliness of components can be more readily determined thanks to the use of blue materials, because spores, molds, food and detergent residues are more clearly visible by contrast than they would be with other coloured materials.
In food processing lines, identifying possible fragments of plastic is a crucial function. Blue material for food contact and metal or x-ray detectable plastics in our portfolio can enhance the safety of food production processes, in full compliance with international regulations to control and limit possible migration of substances from the material to the food, to avoid any harmful influence.
 
Unlike other coloured materials blue plastics enure high visibility by contrast and therefore rapid in-line identification. In addition all food grade plastics from the ID series are produced by adding an additive that is detectable using metal detectors. Furthermore, our UD materials are modified with special additives that ensure both, metal and X-ray detectability. These plastics fully comply for contact with food in order to avoid contamination.

Solutions for THE Food Industry

Food safe materials

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Metal detectable plastics

On food processing lines equipped with metal detectors, our detectable "ID/UD" materials can be used for greater control.[No text in field]

Blue materials for food

Blue is widely used in the food industry for high visibility (optical detection), easy component cleanliness and rapid in-line identification of plastic contamination in food.[No text in field]

Ultra-detectable plastics

Plastics in food industry applications often require great versatility especially as it relates to the different methods that are used to detect unwanted particles in the food zone.  Ensinger’s Ultra-detectable (UD) products are designed to be visible to the three most commonly used in-line particle detection systems, Optical, Metal and X-ray detectors.

Chemical resistant plastics

Harsh chemicals are used to clean food processing equipment. To ensure that food contact plastics can withstand the anticipated conditions, an overview of their chemical resistance is provided.

Materials for sliding and friction

As food processing often involves moving products or packaging, the sliding or friction behavior of food contact plastics is an important characteristic. 

Materials for sliding and friction

As food processing often involves moving products or packaging, the sliding or friction behavior of food contact plastics is an important characteristic. 

Chemical resistant plastics

Harsh chemicals are used to clean food processing equipment. To ensure that food contact plastics can withstand the anticipated conditions, an overview of their chemical resistance is provided.

Machinable Plastics for The Food Industry

Ensinger provides food contact plastics compliant with stringent quality and safety requirements on production safety, seamless traceability and product certifications such as the following:

TECAFORM AH natural

TECAFORM AH natural acetal is an unfilled POM-C with a unique balance of physical properties not available in most other thermoplastics.

TECAFORM AH FG blue

TECAFORM AH FG blue is a POM-C acetal copolymer that is colored brilliant blue in order to optimize the material's effectiveness in food plants that use optical detection equipment to identify unwanted particulates in the food product.

TECAPEEK natural

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) - TECAPEEK natural is a high performance, high temperature, semi-crystalline thermoplastic manufactured by Ensinger...

TECAPEEK ID blue

TECAPEEK ID blue is a metal detectable PEEK made with Victrex® PEEK polymer.

Food Industry CASE STUDIES

Needleblock

made of TECAFORM AH blue

Needleblock for meat processing

Not only the components which come into direct contact with food should be made of materials which comply with food contact regulations. This block is a component of a fully automated system developed to enhance flavour and shelf life by saline injection using needles, so safety is an important requirement.

Food scraper

made of TECAFORM AH ID blue

Food Scraper in safety with POM-C detectable

In the food industry, most filling machines use a scraper in the funnel to ensure a constant flow of the food. In this component for meat or sausage meat, the customer was used to making the scraper of TECAFORM AH natural, an acetal food grade, but decided to change to using TECAFORM AH ID blue in order to improve detection of any plastic contamination in food.

Bakery machine equipment

made of TECAFORM AH blue

Bakery machine equipment branded and safe

The Danish company Form & Frys manufactures standard machines as well as custom-built machines designed for the bakery industry. For their machines, the company choose TECAFORM AH blue, which could stand out colour-wise, both to brand the company, but also to ensure quick detection of any plastic in the food during the production process.

Frequently Asked Questions on Food Plastic Material