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What is FDA Food Grade Caulk?

FDA Food Grade CaulkFDA Food Grade CaulkFDA food grade caulk is a food safe sealant that comes in a variety of colors: clear, aluminum, white, black and red. This sealant’s primary purpose is to keep moisture out of unwanted places, and since it doesn’t cause food borne illnesses when it comes in contact with food and drinks, it’s the preferred caulk for kitchen and restaurant appliance repair, including sinks, ice machines and stainless steel walls.

The different colors of FDA food sealant help with different types of repairs:

  • When sealing an ice machine or ice dispenser we recommend using the FDA Food Sealer in Clear. Sealing around the entire ice machine base will ensure no liquid will leak out and possibly collect in unwanted areas.
  • White and Black fit in standard caulking guns and are able to stand-up to a wide range of temperatures: -85º to 400º F.
  • Stainless steel is a popular building material in residential and commercial applications. The Aluminum Colored FDA Food Grade Caulk is the perfect solution for patching nail holes, gaps or cracks in stainless steel appliances.
  • If your application requires sealing an area where there will be high temperatures, we recommend using the Red FDA Silicone Caulk. The Red Silicone Sealant can withstand a max temperature of 400º F and will fit in most standard caulking guns.

FDA food caulk is NSF listed and U.L. recognized making it safe to use around all food operations. Food safety in restaurants is taken very seriously by health inspectors and the FDA – using the right tools for the right applications will keep your restaurant in good standing.

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  1. I am taking a piece of stainless steel and dividing a steam table pan in half . What can I get to seal it ? I will have salsa on one side and cheese sauce on the other.

  2. Hi Patrick,

    Take it to a sheet metal shop and have them weld it in. Make sure to call and ask if they weld food grade stainless. Or you could look into products that are already divided. Like this one from Winco.

    – Paul
    Tundra Team

  3. Is this product compatible if used to seal gaps between a Type 1 grease hood and the back wall? I want to verify that the caulk will not be affected by any grease that might be present during cooking operations.

    • Hi Mark,

      I don’t know what the grease resistance properties of this product are, but I also don’t think it’s a big concern. I was part of a maintenance staff at a 950 seat restaurant and I can tell you that you’re going to want to scrape off and replace that seal at least once every 2 years (if not more frequently). Silicone is going to rub off a little bit every time you clean that area and will need replacement on a regular basis.

      – Paul
      Tundra Team

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