Are your Stainless-Steel Ball Valves “Food Grade”?

We carry three series of Stainless-Steel Ball Valves. These SSBV304-XX, and 316 Stainless SSBV1000-xx and SSBV2000-XX Series these valves do not have any “Food Grade” certification.

That said these “Normal Type” 304 and 316 grade stainless steel ball valves as well as other S.S. products such as Class 150 Stainless Pipe Fittings, Nipples and Ready Cut Pipe are commonly used in Food Processing Applications.

The final decision as to a products suitability for a particular food application must be looked at on a case-by-case basis and it is the sole responsibility of the plant inspector and or AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) over the project to decide if these products are suitable for the specific application. They will be suitable for many but not all applications.

There will be some food processing applications that will require special “Sanitary Ball Valves A.k.a. Cavity Filled Ball Valves” – We do not carry these valves.

Cavity Filled Ball Valves

Cavity Filled Ball Valves have seat design which fills the gap between the ball and the valve body, all around eliminating possibility of contamination due to buildup to starches and slurries over time, since they are difficult to clean out during washdown. The cavity filler seat prevents the fluid from getting into this cavity which is open in “Normal Type Ball Valve” allowing fluid media and debris to be trapped in the inner-body cavity, which is nearly impossible to clean and can result in damage to the seating surface and even blocking of valve operation. This is also a problem in processing products such as reactive monomers such as butadiene, and styrene which tend to polymerize or ferment within the cavities inside the valves.

Cavity Filled Ball Valves offer excellent performance in sanitary systems. Such as food and beverage, micro brewing, pharmaceutical, process gas and other industrial applications.

What we can provide is the product data sheets which provide the materials break down for the valve components as well as the composition of the 304SS and 316SS material as required.

Hopefully, this provides some guidance.