JAX INC. – Food Grade Lubricants

JAX INC. is the US market leader in the area of food grade lubricants and looks back on 55 years of traditional history.

JAX provides innumerable solutions including complete turnkey facilities, laboratory maintenance checks, new product research, lubricant training seminars and innovative packaging solutions.

The 100 largest food processors benefit from the advantages of the products and services offered by JAX. Many of them have rationalized and optimized their lubricant programs by changing the operational procedures of complete plants.

  • Approvals in accordance with USDA, CFIA, NSF, Kosher, Halal
  • Certified as allergen-free
  • Extensive production capacities
  • Certifications according to JAX FG Cert/FDA and ISO
  • Customer-specific product development and F + E

Until the beginning of the Sixties of the 20th century there was no difference between the lubricants used in food processing plants and those applied in typically industrial production facilities. There already existed white oils for such processes approved by the American food control administration FDA, but due to their limited lubrication capacity and the additional costs of these base oils, they were only suitable for very simple machinery applications.

At that time the US Department of Agriculture USDA developed a program that approved only those products that complied with the FDA requirements concerning ingredients in lubricants which may possibly come into contact with processed products.

Although the USDA was mainly responsible for the inspection and control of companies processing meat, poultry and eggs, the list created by them was becoming standard for the use of non-food substances in processing plants not only in the USA but in many cases also worldwide during the subsequent three decades.

„AA“ was the first classification level of lubricants with possible and incidental food contact as well as “BB” for areas without any food contact. In addition there was a “KO-List” regarding chemicals that were forbidden for non-food compounds. The existence of such substances would entail the immediate disqualification of a product for the use in an audited facility.

The first USDA-approval of a food-grade lubricant was granted to JAX Magna-Plate 8. This product was especially designed for the growing slaughter industry in the USA.

In the early 1970s the USDA terms AA and BB were changed to H1 and H2 respectively. The term H3 was introduced for applications with emulsifiable oils and later on the 3H classification was added for solvents, ingredients generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and digestible white oils for pharmaceutical applications.

JAX had already researched, marketed and optimized food-grade lubricants and liquids to meet the requirements of more and more complicated applications, machines and processes. At that time a growing number of companies already used JAX food-grade lubricants to protect their plants and products by H1-lubricants – irrespective of whether or not they were audited by the USDA. Mainly for financial reasons the USDA in 1989 decided to stop their formal approval proceedings for non-food substances.

The new HACCP regulations for food-processing facilities now placed the direct responsibility on the processing companies and their suppliers to ensure that their products met the FDA/USDA requirements that had been applied for more than 30 years.

Even though already existing approvals do not expire, newly developed products and technologies still have to undergo an approval procedure. JAX promptly created their own approval criteria for food-grade lubricants and a self-certification which are identical to the FDA/USDA procedures for ingredients and labelling.

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