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Any material that comes in contact with food has requirements put in place by the FDA. A standard that plastic materials must comply with is the NSF/ANSI 51 standard. NSF 51 is in place to protect consumers against food contamination. These standards provide manufacturers and distributors a baseline for the minimum public health and sanitation requirements. They also apply for materials used in the construction of commercial food equipment. Regulations apply to every step of the manufacturing process, so it is extremely important to comply with NSF standards if your part is in use in the United States.


FDA LogoOne of the materials that Sherwood Industries Inc. extrudes is made with Santoprene™ Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV) from Celanese. Santoprene TPV is a blend of polypropylene and EPDM rubber meaning it behaves like a rubber but processes like a thermoplastic. This material is a high performance elastomer that provides consistent performance and chemical resistance. The FDA grades of Santoprene TPV comply with NSF/ANSI 51, which involves food equipment materials, UL QMFZ2 for plastics and UL QMFZ8 for plastics certified in Canada.
Our FDA Certified rubber sheet and profile products can be used in a wide range of applications in the food industry. They are designed for use in non-fatty food contact applications or applications that require excellent flex fatigue resistance. A couple of uses include FDA seals and gaskets, packaging components, and soft touch grips. Sherwood makes it easy for businesses to operate within these strict standards by providing FDA certified Santoprene which allows for immediate compliance.


We can extrude sheet from 0.020” to 0.250” (0.6 mm to 6.3mm) thick. We offer widths between 6” to 36”. Our extruded sheet can be wound onto 3″ or 6″ PVC cores. Our machinery allows for flexibility on the amount of linear feet wound on each roll or a certain weight limit per roll. With four patterns and color matching capabilities, we can provide you with a customized product for your application. We can accommodate orders ranging from 500 pounds to truckloads, shipped worldwide.

We also offer profile extrusion to provide shapes and configurations to match your products’ exact requirements for your unique application. We make custom dies to extrude a shape that fits your requirements and will assure a consistent and reliable part over years of extrusion. Profile parts can be cut to length or wound into a roll.

Image of four patterns Sherwood provides. Block, haircell, matte and grain patterns.


Every grade of Santoprene™ TPV has a spec sheet detailing its specifications and properties. For your convenience, we have supplied links to many of the FDA certified spec sheets. Unsure if Santoprene TPV is right for your project? You can learn more about Santoprene TPV and our services regarding sheet extrusion and profile extrusion.

Disclaimer: These specifications listed are for reference only. View the most up to date Celanese specs on the Celanese database.