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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has announced that its Turcon MF range of polytetrafluoroethylene-based sealing materials has been formulated for food contact, pharmaceutical and medical applications.

The range of materials must therefore comply with the European Union’s plastic directive 2002/72/EC (formerly 90/128/EEC).

Third-party tests have confirmed that all Turcon MF materials continue to comply with various amendments and additions recently made by the European Communities Commission to the directive as stated in article five of the Regulation (EC) 1935/2004.

Ferdinand Schwabe, European segment manager for pharmaceuticals, food and beverage at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, said: ‘Formulations have been rechecked against all amendments.

‘Test specimens were submitted to a renowned external test house for migration testing and sensory testing.

‘There, they were exposed to food simulants for aqueous, acidic, alcoholic and fatty food.

‘Based on positive test results new certificates were issued, meaning we can continue to provide outstanding sealing materials for hygienic applications.

‘In addition, as stated in regulation (EC) 2023/2006, there is a requirement to follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) with stricter documentation duties and special handling of food contact materials.

‘Special handling for Turcon MF has therefore been introduced into the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions moulding department.

‘Unique procedures when changing materials processed on moulding equipment ensure that it is virtually impossible for there to be any cross-contamination of Turcon MF from residue PTFE,’ Schwabe added.

Turcon MF materials are available in a range of complex seal geometries and bearings.

Specialised compounds are suitable for static, dynamic, linear and rotary service; in lubricating media, poor lubrication and water hydraulics.

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