Ahead of gasworld's food-processing themed July issue, Linde has launched a new line of specialty gas regulators, particularly suited to the food and pharmaceutical sectors.

The new range is US Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) as well as EU Approved food and pharmaceutical grade certified. According to Linde, as the demands of international legislation and country-specific regulations governing food and pharmaceutical drug processing and handling become ever more rigorous, speciality gases and the speciality equipment to effectively and safely administer those gases are becoming more sophisticated.

Today, each internal component of gas regulators must meet various criteria and be made from suitably inert materials – facts that Linde is very familiar with. Indeed, Stephen Harrison, Head of Specialty Gases and Specialty Equipment at Linde reflected this when he commented; “Linde is constantly innovating in order to provide food and pharmaceutical processing customers with highly effective products to enhance the quality and safety of their operations. The new range of HiQ® food and pharmaceutical regulators is a significant step forward in allowing us to offer comprehensive solutions to these customers – particularly those operating across international boundaries, allowing them to buy confidently knowing they have a guarantee of international consistency.”

Linde’s new food and pharmaceutical regulator range has been developed to meet the stringent requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are suitable for use with FDA GRAS-approved food additive gases alongside the process gases used in pharmaceutical production. The regulators are also in line with European Commission (EC) regulation 1935/2004 for food gas packaging applications such as Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP).