In comparison with other types of material in contact with food, the use of elastomers is generally limited to specialised applications where the flexibility, resilience and compression set are of particular importance. Some of the main applications for food contact elastomers include;
  • Seals and gaskets. These would mainly be associated with process equipment including heat-exchanger gaskets and items such as pressure-cooker seals.

  • Valve diaphragms and pump impellers used in pumping liquid foods.

  • Conveyor belting for transport of solid foods.

  • Gloves for food preparation, including handling poultry and fish.

  • Hosing and tubing for aqueous foods, particularly in milk processing and as components of milking equipment.

  • Teats and soothers for babies and infants.

  • Sweet moulds (silicones).

  • Can sealants.


Natural Rubber Rubber Compound Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Thermoplastic Elastomer Food Contact 
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