As food and beverage processing continues to evolve, there’s a focus on flexible, durable products that can withstand pressure and protect the products inside. For this reason, plastics are a common material for fluid conveyance and other parts used in processing.

Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, is a plasticizer used in products involved in the food processing sector . It has been in use for almost 50 years and was a top choice for use in plastics due to its ability to be easily molded, create shatterproof products, and allow those products to be lightweight. Scientists have since found that BPA can leach into foods and drinks, leading to hormonal disruptions. These disruptions result in higher rates of neurological, immunity, and reproductive problems. Exposure to BPA has also been linked to childhood asthma, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Silicone has recently become popular on the market due its natural elastic properties without the need for plasticizers. Silicone doesn’t use BPA, or other plasticizers like BPS, or BPF, making it an ideal material for food and beverage processing applications. Throughout food manufacturing plants, silicone can replace plastics in conveying systems, molded parts, and seals. Vanguard Products Corporation produces silicones that are perfect alternatives in these roles, and many are certified to NSF-51 for safety when they come in contact with food and drink products. Silicone is a much safer alternative for health-conscious food manufacturers and consumers. We strongly recommend using this material rather than plastic-based products for food and beverage production and handling.

To speak with an expert and discuss the benefits of silicone in food handling, call Vanguard at 203-744-7265.

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