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Food lubricant manufacturer Rocol to remove PFAS from entire range
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25 March 2024

Food lubricant manufacturer Rocol to remove PFAS from entire range

Global food lubricant manufacturer Rocol has announced that it will remove all per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the formulations of its entire FoodLube product range. According to Rocol, from next month (April), 100% of its FoodLube products will be PFAS-free. FoodLube is a non-toxic, lubricating, penetrating and water displacing lubricant for use on chains, bearings, slides and similar mechanisms operating in food and pharmaceutical environments. The company estimates that the new PFAS-free formulations will prevent around 425kg of ‘forever chemicals’ reaching the environment every year. PFAS are known as ‘forever chemicals’ as they do not break down and can accumulate over time. Their strong carbon-fluorine bonds make them resistant to degradation in the environment. However, PFAS can accumulate in the bodies of humans and wildlife, leading to potential adverse health effects. Gareth Procter, senior product manager at Rocol, said: “We are committed to being ahead of the curve, and have listened to our customers in the food industry, who have been the driving force for this change. To meet the increasing demands of the food sector, our customers want to know that they are supported in their efforts to meet their sustainability goals...the ultimate objective of all our products PFAS-free without any compromise to performance.” While PFAS is considered to be harmful to humans and the environment, there is currently no ban in force. A universal PFAS restriction proposal is being debated in the European Union with the European Commission expected to respond to the proposals later this year.

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