First lube company certified for food safety


Dec 09, 2008

NSF International (, formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) announced that synthetic lubricant company KL Texas, L.P. (dba Summit Industrial Products,, is the first company in North America to receive certification to ISO 21469: Safety of Machinery — Lubricants With Incidental Product Contact — Hygiene Requirements.

ISO 21469 specifies hygiene requirements for the formulation, manufacture, use and handling of lubricants which might come into contact with food products during manufacturing or processing. The international standard applies to lubricants intended for use in food production as well as cosmetic, pharmaceutical and animal feed industries.

“Certification to ISO 21469 by an independent third party provides lubricant manufacturers with a means to obtain international acceptance for their products,” says Sarah Krol, NSF business unit manager.

To receive ISO 21469 certification, Summit fulfilled the NSF certification requirements. These include the following:

  • Formulation/label review, which ensures that certified products are formulated with approved ingredients and that product labels are true and accurate
  • Risk assessment, which ensures that the manufacturer has identified and evaluated the relevant hazards associated with the manufacture and use of the certified product
  • Production facility audits, which confirm that certification requirements are met and that quality assurance and quality-control procedures are followed
  • Annual testing: sampling and retesting are conducted on an ongoing basis to verify the integrity of the product composition

“Obtaining certification to ISO 21469 is important to Summit because our customers within the food industry want assurance that the products they buy meet strict quality and safety standards,” said Summit President Fred Pate. “We believe by partnering with NSF for independent certification, we not only improve the quality of our products, we also improve the confidence of our customers.”