18 March 2019
Can thermoplastic gears and foodstuffs come into contact with one another while guaranteeing a high level of protection for human health? In order to answer this question it is necessary to be aware of the reference regulation and to understand the MOCA concept.
MOCA – Materials and Objects in Contact with Foodstuffs – are all the materials and objects that are intended to come into contact, directly or indirectly, with foodstuffs, according to a foreseeable use. Here are some simple examples: – food packaging; – all household and related products (pans, plates, cutlery, glasses); – hygienic protection devices (e.g. work clothes for Food industry, butcher gloves, etc.); – machines and equipment for processing and distribution (coffee machines, plant production lines, etc.); – wood; – paper and cardboard (e.g. cardboard for pizza); – polymer granules intended for manufacturing MOCA.
In order to guarantee the safety of materials in contact with foodstuffs and protect the health of final consumers, MOCA is governed by European regulations, that must be followed by all manufacturers, integrated with the national legislation of each Member State if there are no specific EU standards:
Our company represents a reference point for the design and production of technical components in contact with foodstuffs, where the technopolymer gear perfectly meets the needs of hygiene and cleaning, following 100% of the MOCA regulation requirements. The catalog presents an entire line (blue range) which includes cylindrical gears from module 0.5 to module 4 and bevel gears with 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 ratios. The technopolymer and the master used for the production of these gears are suitable and certified for use that involves contact with foodstuffs. The blue color was chosen in order to be easily “detectable” for a quick identification of possible traces.