SPI Polyurea Coatings Receive FDA Direct Food Contact Certification

Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI), a global leader and innovator in the manufacturing of polyurea protective coatings, announced its FDA (21 CFR 175.300) certification for use as a direct food contact coating.

Online PR News – 06-July-2011 – – Lakewood, Washington – Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI), a global leader and innovator in the manufacturing of polyurea protective coatings, announced its FDA (21 CFR 175.300) certification for use as a direct food contact coating. This exciting development will provide a sustainable solution to the Agricultural and Food & Beverage industries for extending their infrastructure’s service life, while most importantly, helping to keep food safe for public consumption.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that food-borne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5000 deaths in the United States each year.* In fact, a report by Robert Scharff, former Food and Drug Administration regulatory economist and now a professor of consumer science at Ohio State University, states food-borne illnesses cost the United States $152 billion a year, a tab that works out to an average cost of $1,850 each time someone gets sick from food.**

The FDA and food industry work closely together to mitigate this public health threat. Each step in the process of preparing food for public consumption is critical for maintaining a sanitary environment to prevent contamination. The food industry invests millions of dollars in infrastructure and cleaning procedures to ensure food is safe to eat. This cleaning process doesn’t always stop food contamination, as bacteria can find its way into nooks and the smallest of quarters. Additionally, expensive equipment can be prematurely worn down from accelerated corrosion and abrasion damage from repeated cleaning. Indirect and direct food contact coatings play a key role in solving this significant challenge.

Specialty Product’s polyurea protective coatings provide a reliable solution that is backed by independent third-party certification. SPI’s advanced Ultra Bond- HT FC™ and Polyshield HT-Slow™ FC polyurea coatings received FDA – 21 CFR 175.300 (c)/(d) certification for direct food contact. Dan Helton, president and founder of Specialty Products, states
"There are a lot of coatings companies that claim to be compliant with incidental and direct food contact regulations, but lack the credentials to prove it. The recent FDA – 21 CFR certification of SPI’s cutting-edge coatings fills a large void within the industry."

SPI’s eco-friendly, elastomeric, fast-set protective coatings contain 100% solids and have zero VOCs. The fast-set or rapid curing coating properties allow the business owner to minimize downtime and quickly return the asset to service. The coatings also form a seamless membrane, providing a durable surface that can withstand repeated power washing and is resistant to many sanitizing chemicals. This eliminates nooks and crannies where harmful bacteria can grow. "The Agricultural and Food and Beverage industries will benefit tremendously from SPI’s polyurea protective coating solutions. Not only will they be able to use aggressive cleaning processes to help prevent food or beverage contamination, this will also provide a significant ROI by avoiding the need to replace expensive equipment and construction materials," said Cliff Haskins, Vice President of Marketing for SPI.

About Specialty Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Lakewood, Washington, Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI) is widely recognized as a global market leader and innovator in the manufacturing of polyurea elastomeric coatings, polyurethane foam systems, and plural-component application equipment. Founded in 1974 and privately-owned, SPI also has operations in Rowlett, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska. Specialty Products is ISO 9001:2008 certified and offers year-round 24/7 advanced technical support, backed by a dedicated staff with over 150 years of collective industry experience. Additional information about SPI is available at www.specialty-products.com .

To learn more about SPI’s advanced polyurea protective coatings, please contact:

Specialty Products, Inc.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Cliff Haskins
VP of Marketing
Specialty Products, Inc.
2410 - 104th St. Ct. S., Suite D
Lakewood, WA 98499
(800) 627-0773
(253) 588-7101