The food and beverage industry reflects strict regulations for flooring materials in order to prevent contamination and unsafe conditions for employees. Many products claim to be “food grade” or “food safe”. What exactly does food grade mean then? Food grade is a category indicating the relative quality of food as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Every person interprets this definition differently. Various epoxy products advertise themselves as food grade. To see if you’re flooring meets the general guidelines of food grade material please check off each item below.
The more bullets you checked off the better your floor scores on food safety. Please note these are only guidelines and to truly be food safe there are various agencies (such as NSF) that test products for compliance. An option not mentioned in this article is slip resistant food grade stainless steel flooring. Food grade stainless steel flooring meets all of the requirements for food safe materials.