The food and beverage industry has very specific standards that plastics must adhere to. Thankfully there we have plastic materials that meet FDA regulations and are manufactured to withstand demanding environments and chemical wash-downs:
Also known as high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a tough, wear resistant plastic with a low coefficient of friction and outstanding impact strength. It’s non toxic, and doesn’t absorb moisture which is critical in baking and cooking environments. Delrin sheets meet FDA and USDA guidelines and are 3-A Dairy-approved (natural). They’re also made for use at temperatures ranging from -250oC to 82oC.
HDPE is especially good for commercial kitchen cutting boards because it is NSF Approved and will not absorb bacteria, splinter, chip, swell, peel, rot, bend, or crack. HDPE is engineered for durability, has a matte surface to hold food in place, and won’t dull your knives. We recommend white for a traditional natural colour, red for red meats, blue for fish, yellow for poultry, beige for breads, and green for vegetables.
If you’re looking to use plastics in your next food and beverage industry application, contact ACI Plastics team to discuss the possibilities.