March 23rd, 2016
The regulatory environment for the food and beverage sector is challenging and constantly evolving. Products intended for human consumption, such as milk, require extra precautions in the selection of materials with which they will come into contact. Product manufacturers must proactively address any chemicals of concern to ensure brand integrity and consumer loyalty.
A study from the University of Washington’s Seattle Children’s Research Institute revealed glass-bottled milk containing phthalates, a chemical from plastics that links to health troubles such as asthma, kidney disease, and heart disease. The study also found dairy products have about 20 times more DEHP concentration compared to meat products. The research team hypothesizes the high DEHP is due to flexible plastic tubing used to collect milk from cow udders, where the warm milk melts the plastic tubing wall and introduces chemical into the milk.
Plasticizers such as phthalates are used in some milk transfer tubing to add the flexibility needed for easy installation. Since the use of phthalates is not regulated, in many countries, the plasticizer/tubing choice is up to the dairy equipment manufacturer and the dairy farm owner.
During an interview with the International Association of Plastics Distribution, Global Marketing Manager for Food and Beverage at Saint-Gobain’s Process Systems Business Unit, Iuliana Nita states “processors can lean on their suppliers toTygon S3 M-34-R Dairy Tubing provide insight on current and future regulations. By working side-by-side to troubleshoot compliance challenges . . . anticipating consumer concerns and achieving peace of mind".
As a flexible tubing manufacturer, Saint-Gobain Process Systems has re-engineered the industry’s leading choice in dairy tubing Tygon S3™ M-34-R to be phthalate-free. We also designed a vacuum tubing to work in tandem with M-34-R, Tygon S3™ A24 Vacuum, to allow ease of flow within a milk collection system.