Machines and components in the food processing sector are subject to special requirements for design, material, traceability and cleanability.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

defines the fundamental requirements for machine safety.


Standard EN 1672 / ISO 14159

describes the applicable safety and hygiene requirements in detail.


Regulations (EC) No. 1935/2004 and (EC) No. 2023/2006

Regulations for materials and objects that come in direct contact with food.


The Festo automation components that are suitable for the food industry are marked with the feature "food-safe". See the following document for the corresponding range of applications:

  • Products for direct contact with food have a declaration of conformity in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. It describes specific areas of application.
  • Products with supplementary information on materials are not intended for direct contact with food without further measures. Only the raw materials are assessed via positive lists. The information helps the user make a risk assessment.