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FDA Belting

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

posted by Tony at 10:20 AM

Have you ever found yourself in need of a synchronous belt to be used in a area that needs a special, FDA construction?  Look not further.  Gates offers a construction option that will meet your FDA needs.  This FDA construction option is intended for use in applications where a food-grade belt construction is required.  These belts are a yellowish-tan, non-marking Duro 52 with a special non-coated jacket and are ideal for food conveyors, washdown applications and anti-bacterial conveyors. 

Please note: Gates synchronous belts have been used extensively throughout the food and beverage industry in applications where the belts do not directly contact food.

While the FDA does not either approve or disapprove of the use of belts in food-related application, they have identified certain materials or ingredients that have been approved.  Gates special yellow rubber compound specifically meets those FDA requirements regarding materials and ingredients. 

The USDA will evaluate and approve belts on an individual basis if submitted to them.  Gates has not requested any USDA approvals.  If the USDA belt approval is required, then the belt user should submit specific belt samples directly to the USDA.

For additional information on this or any other topic please contact Gates Product Application Engineering by phone at 303-744-5800 or by email at ptpasupport@gates.com.

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