In Contact with Food
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) has approved the use of galvanized steel for food preparation and conveyance for all applications with the exception of foods that have a high acid content, such as tomatoes, oranges, limes, and other fruits. The acid content in these foods will attack the zinc coating and cause accelerated corrosion. Many food products are stored on galvanized racks or in coolers with galvanized shelving.
The galvanized coating protects the steel from interacting with food products and protects the steel from corrosion from the environment. This double protection lasts for many years and needs no maintenance. Some of the applications for galvanized steel are food storage racks, bar countertops, coolers and meat storage hooks as well as many products at the site of food production, the farms. At the farm, you can find many galvanized products such as dairy stalls, milk cans, chicken coops and many others.