Food grade applications are often challenging to service due to their critical nature and the presence of regulations for assuring sanitary, hygiene and safety. In these applications, it becomes essential to use rubber products that are fabricated from materials that support the latest directives issued by regulatory bodies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others.

Canada Rubber Group Inc. (CRGI) is now offering products fabricated from silicone sponge sheet that is fully FDA approved. This material is a preferred choice for rubber products designed to service applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

FDA Approved versus Compliant

Unlike some other silicone sponge materials, the silicone sponge which CRGI uses has been tested and fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the full list of ingredients within the sponge formula. Most other FDA sponge products currently on the market, only state “compliance to” FDA standards, such as the extraction requirement. This does not mean the product is fully FDA compliant. In contrast, the silicone sponge used by CRGI can be officially called FDA approved. This sponge rubber is prepared using only ingredients that are permitted for use by FDA 21 CFR 177.2600.

The high temperature resistance of CRGI’s FDA silicone sponge sheet makes it a material of choice when high heat is being applied to food and beverage processes. With a standard temperature range from 230°C to -60°C, the material can be applied in extreme operating environments whilst maintaining its high performance sealing properties.

FDA Silicone Sponge Sheet: Applications and Products

Our FDA silicone sponge sheet can be used with complete safety in food applications, no matter whether the food material is dry, aqueous or fatty. Our food grade sponge can be used to fabricate a variety of products, most commonly as gaskets and seals which provide excellent sealing properties in equipment or machinery due to its exceptional compression set (5%) and high elongation of 500% to 600%. Gaskets and seals fabricated from our FDA silicone sponge sheet have extremely low water absorption properties, and water, dust and dirt ingress is prevented from entering equipment and affecting the product being processed.

Gaskets, seals and other products that CRGI can fabricate from FDA silicone sponge sheet have a variety of applications, including the following:

Rubber products that CRGI fabricates from FDA silicone sponge sheet are made to each customer’s requirements using the latest production technologies. All our products are delivered to your doorstep on-time and according to your schedule. Our sales specialists have over 25 years’ experience in understanding customer needs and recommending the right solution for each application. If you are in the food, beverage or pharmaceutical industry and require gaskets, seals or other products fabricated from FDA silicone sponge sheet, please contact our sales department at crg@canadarubbergroup.com.

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