Linde Gases, a division of the Linde Group, today announced the launch of its new range of U.S. GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) and EU (European Union) approved food and pharmaceutical grade specialty gases regulators. As the demands of international legislation and country-specific regulations governing food and pharmaceutical drug processing and handling become ever more rigorous, specialty gases and the specialty equipment to effectively and safely administer those gases are becoming highly sophisticated in response.
Within the food and pharmaceutical production industries, the high standards set for gas purity; traceability requirements; the classification of gases as additives; in addition to increasingly rigorous directives on the use of plastics coming into contact with foodstuffs, all mean that each internal component of regulators used in certain food and pharmaceutical processing applications must be made from suitably inert materials. This is in order to avoid any contamination or chemical reaction with the gas or gas mixture. All components of Linde’s new food and pharmaceutical regulator range have been developed to deliver an unconditional level of gas purity.
“Linde is constantly innovating in order to provide food and pharmaceutical processing customers with highly effective products to enhance the quality and safety of their operations,” said Stephen Harrison, Head of Specialty Gases and Specialty Equipment, Linde. “The new range of HiQ® food and pharmaceutical regulators is a significant step forward in allowing us to offer comprehensive solutions to these customers – particularly those operating across international boundaries, allowing them to buy confidently knowing they have a guarantee of international consistency.”
Linde’s new food and pharmaceutical regulator range has been developed to meet the stringent requirements of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and are suitable for use with FDA GRAS-approved food additive gases and also with process gases used in pharmaceutical production. The regulators are also in line with EC (European Commission) regulation 1935/2004 for food gas packaging applications such as MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging), the food preservation technique to enhance shelf life.