Who needs food grade rubber? To be honest, the entire food industry. All kinds of food preparation and milk extraction require hygienic food grade rubber at some point in the manufacture and production process. The material is even becoming widely available (and indispensable) to home bakers as well.

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Food Grade Rubber
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There are stringent FDA requirements that food grade rubber has to meet, and these standards are pretty important, especially if you think about just how much of the food the rubber will touch. Think of every suction cup, nozzle and tube that a liquid or foodstuff will come in contact with in a production line as it is cooked, cured, flavoured and cut to the company's standards. Fast food giants and independent restaurant owners need to meet these same standards with their machines, gloves and spatulas.

Food grade rubber has been a revelation in the baking industry too though; believe me, my last few sets of Birthday and Christmas presents have been any number of rainbow hued moulds made from hygienic silicone. Ranging from a huge Hello Kitty cake mould, to a sweet little set of heart shaped cupcake cases it's all been wonderful to work with.

One of the main things I like about it is that you can simply pop the baking out of the cases, just like metal you grease the pans or cake moulds but there's no awkward running a knife around and trying to keep the bottom of a push up cake tin level as you ease it out. Simply flip it over and push it out using your thumbs, just like popping a Christmas chocolate from an advent calendar. The material is also easy to keep sterile and free from bacteria.

Food grade rubber has revolutionised the commercial food and baking industry.
There are a variety of reasons that rubber is used in the place of steel or glass, the first that will come to mind when those two materials are mentioned is that fact that rubber has flexibility, allowing the person operating the nozzle or hose to direct the flow or direction of the liquid in question. Rubber also can be reinforced allowing it to conduct a large range or working temperatures.

The rubbers used also have excellent resistance to chemical properties (for example, the high citric acid and sugar content found in soda syrups), it also complies with FDA standards as it has a resistance to bacteria build up and is found to be odorless and tasteless when conducting or holding food.

Not only used for tubing and nozzles, rubber is also found in vending machines, its insulation properties helping to not nly keep snacks cool but also helping to cushion the food and drink items, lowering the risk of bruising or breaking the articles in question.

Below is a video showing how food grade rubber can be customised to fit the individual's specifications great news for bakeries that deal with customized celebration cakes, even for something as simple as creating a company logo which can be incorporated into decorations - a novel way for companies to spread or circulate their brand image at functions!
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qDzaMVDIoiQ
Norah Connor
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Norah Connor works in health and safety, and knows a lot about food grade rubber.

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