Kosher Products at Bell Chem

When a product is labeled “kosher,” it means that the products are pure or suitable for consumption by followers of the laws of the Torah. Kosher products face strict dietary guidelines that ensure every letter of the Torah’s laws are obeyed. Several of the products and chemicals sold by the Florida chemical supplier, Bell Chem, are certified kosher, meaning they do not contain animal or plant derivatives specifically mentioned in the Torah as unfit for consumption.

Foods considered kosher, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, may not be acceptable if they are packaged with non-kosher products, such as trace amounts of impure animal fats or whey from a non-kosher cow. Although chickens and cows are acceptable, they must be fed a diet that meets kosher standards, and they must be processed humanely.

However, foods are not the only products that can be certified kosher. Any additives or supplements consumed must also meet the same standards as kosher foods. Bell Chem understands these guidelines and has an array of food-grade supplements and chemicals that may be added to packaged foods to maintain their freshness while still obeying all kosher guidelines. A few of those products include proprietary vitamin blends, vegetable glycerine, ascorbic acid crystals, stearic acid powder, citric acid, potassium citrate, sodium citrate dihydrate, tri-calcium phosphate, white mineral oil, canola oil, granular urea, and fructose crystals.

Bell Chem is pleased to allow its customers the ability to prepare and preserve kosher foods with ingredients approved by the laws of the Torah. To learn more about kosher products, contact the Florida chemical supplier, Bell Chem, at 407-339-2355 (BELL). Read our blogs for information on our line of products and chemicals.

Product Spotlight: Tri-Calcium Phosphate FCC Kosher

Tri-calcium phosphate, known alternately as TCP, tri-calcium orthophosphate, tribasic calcium phosphate, or bone phosphate of lime (BPL), is a calcium salt of phosphoric acid with the chemical formula Ca3(PO4)2. The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) is an international compendium of standards that verifies the quality and purity of food ingredients. Bell Chem, the Tampa chemical supplier, proudly stocks this important additive. Here is a list of some of its uses.

  • Clump Prevention: Light, powdery spices and baby powder have a tendency to clump if exposed to even minute amounts of moisture. Tri-calcium phosphate acts as an anticaking agent. It has the ability to absorb 10% of its weight in moisture to prevent clumping and allow the product to flow or pour easily.
  • The Medical Field: Because it contains calcium, tri-calcium phosphate has uses in the medical field as bone grafting material and ceramic coatings.
  • Reinforcer: The primary function of tri-calcium phosphate is fortification of the calcium and phosphate content in foods, nutritional supplements, and beverages.
  • Regulates Acidity: On the pH scale, tri-calcium phosphate is considered basic and is used regularly as an antacid or acidity regulator.
  • Use in Foods & Beverages: Reduced-fat foods and beverages utilize tri-calcium phosphate to give products opacity, thickness, and smoothness. Cheese manufacturers use it as a mineral salt while processing cheeses. Breads and baked goods require leavening agents such as tri-calcium phosphate to lighten and soften products by adding gas bubbles before and during baking.

The mineral source of tri-calcium phosphate (FCC, kosher) allows it to be used in vegan and organic products as well as part of a strict kosher diet. Its varied applications give it the ability to be utilized in a wide variety of foods and products. Tampa chemical supplier, Bell Chem, stocks tri-calcium phosphate (FCC, kosher) along with many other kosher products and chemicals. Call us today at 407-339-2355 (BELL) to speak with one of our trained associates, and read our past blogs for more information on Bell Chem’s products.

Learn More About Bell Chem

Bell Chem has been working with its customers since 1992 when it opened its doors in Longwood, Florida. Our business has grown along with our line of products to today’s impressive lineup of chemicals for the citrus industry, water treatment plants, industrial manufacturing, and other industries demanding the purest chemical compounds shipped quickly, safely, and accurately by your reagent-grade chemical supplier, Bell Chem.

Working individually with each company, Bell Chem determines its business needs and which chemicals are best suited to meet those needs. For instance, the USP-approved antibacterial chemical used in nutritional or food service must be of a different grade than a more heavy-duty form used for industrial use. Likewise, some surfaces may require a cleaner while others need a more stringent sanitizer. The ability to deliver the correct product for every customer makes Bell Chem a leader in all forms of chemical products.

While many of our chemicals are used in the manufacture of nutritional, personal care, and pharmaceutical products, other industrial-strength chemicals clean and sanitize the work surfaces and machinery for those businesses. Most businesses cannot survive without chemicals to extend shelf life, keep food free of pathogens, and sanitize equipment, and Bell Chem is able to satisfy each of those specific areas of need.

Technical-grade chemicals utilized in water treatment facilities are a large component of Bell Chem’s lineup of first-rate chemicals. Industries worldwide rely on our chemicals for product manufacturing and safe food handling. Safe Chem, our business partner for the past 20 years, is your source for sanitation treatment to meet industry standards. With Bell Chem’s CsanTM cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and Safe Chem’s knowledge in training and technical services for food sanitizing and cleaning, we can meet your business’s most stringent quality safety demands for cleanliness and food handling.

Give Bell Chem, the reagent grade chemical supplier, a call at 407-339-BELL (407-339-2355) to learn more about our inventory of chemicals for your industry.

Spotlight: Personal Care Oils Offered by Bell Chem

Bell Chem offers a wide variety of personal care oils to assure your skin, hair, and body receive the best, most holistic, care possible. From almond oil to sunflower oil and all points in between, the Tampa chemical supplier of personal care oils, Bell Chem, can provide you with high-quality oils. Personal care oils are utilized for several purposes, including anti-aging, skin care, hair and nail care, oral hygiene, and overall health. Below is a list of the oils offered by Bell Chem along with the manner they aid in your well-being.

  • Almond oil contains vitamins and nutrients good for you heart, skin, nails, and hair. It relieves eczema and psoriasis with its hydrating and anti-itching properties, removes debris beneath the skin’s surface, diminishes fine lines with the collagen it contains, and relieves muscle aches and fatigue.
  • Apricot kernel oil deeply penetrates the skin without feeling greasy. The high oleic and linoleic acid contents make it a good source of antioxidants.
  • Coconut oil is a great deep conditioner for hair, a facial moisturizer, deodorant, and shaving cream. Coconut oil prevents dandruff and itchy scalp and hinders infections.
  • Corn oil conditions hair and skin with its large reserve of omega-6 and omega-9 fats, which trap water for stronger hair and act as a barrier against dryness. Corn oil also prevents hair loss.
  • Olive oil increases the viscosity (thickness) of products and acts as a cleanser, conditioner, and moisturizer. It is used in bath products, soaps and detergents, conditioners and shampoos, makeup, and skin care merchandise.
  • Eucalyptus oil dilates blood vessels, making it a useful expectorant that cleanses the body of toxins and microorganisms that cause illness. Wound healing is one of its oldest uses, and it works well against sinusitis and respiratory discomforts and diseases including bronchitis, COPD, asthma, and tuberculosis. Use eucalyptus oil as a moisturizer for the removal of odors and to combat grease and grime.
  • Oat oil soothes and nourishes damaged and sensitive skin with its antioxidant properties. The ability of oat oil to support the elasticity of the skin and hair give both a more youthful appearance.
  • Safflower oil improves hair growth with its natural oleic acid content, which stimulates circulation within the scalp, allowing new hair to grow. Linoleic acid in safflower oil improves skin texture and facilitates in the regeneration of skin cells.
  • Sesame oil is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial, thanks to the linoleic and palmitic acids it contains. These properties give it the ability to repair damaged skin cells, slow the presence of aging, moisturize, and protect against sun exposure.

The influx of personal care oils on the market is both abundant and overwhelming. The high-quality oils stocked by the Tampa chemical supplier, Bell Chem, can be used alone or in conjunction with other products for a myriad personal care uses. Contact Bell Chem today at 407-339-BELL (407-339-2355) for more information about our products.

Bell Chem to Sponsor the International Citrus & Beverage Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida on September 20-23, 2016

Bell Chem is a sponsor of the International Citrus & Beverage Conference hosted by the University of Florida. The event, located in Clearwater Beach, Florida, will take place September 20-23. This year’s conference focuses on the impact of new industry regulations, technological advances in the global juice and beverage industry, and important issues specific to the citrus industry, such as the Huanglongbing bacteria spread by the Asian citrus psyllid that negatively affects fruit and kills citrus trees.

Registration is from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 20.

Wednesday’s activities include registration and refreshments at 7:30am, followed by an introductory session. Morning sessions include production trends, bactericides for citrus, and the conversion of citrus peel to valuable chemicals. After lunch, Session Two includes juice making, fruit and vegetable trends from the west coast, and issues and opportunities in the juice industry. A reception follows at 6:00pm.

Thursday’s activities begin with registration and refreshments before sessions concerning the 2011 impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which aims to shift standard focus from responding to contamination to preventing its occurrence. The discussions after lunch will focus on fruit and beverage taste and how to improve it.

Friday’s registration and reception is sponsored in part by Bell Chem, your trusted citrus industry chemical supplier. Friday has a mixed bag of interesting talks on everything from social media to crop statistics. The conference closes at 11:45am.

Speakers for each of the sessions are members of academia, government researchers, industry leaders, and technical and managerial personnel. Their insights are sure to provide answers to questions and concerns many of the conference members have. New methods and preparations, news from across the nation, and industry specifications will also be discussed throughout the conference.

John Cervo, Bell Chem’s president and founder, is enthusiastic about his company’s role in the 2016 International Citrus & Beverage Conference. “With such a rich variety of leaders, researchers, and experts, I am sure the conference will be well received,” states Cervo. To pre-register for this important conference, simply click on this link. Bell Chem looks forward to meeting new and existing friends at the International Citrus & Beverage conference.

About Bell Chem

Bell Chem was founded in 1992 by John Cervo and Charles Williams in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando). We offer a diverse line of food, pharmaceutical, and personal care raw materials, many highly specialized botanical and nutritional ingredients, hard to find technical grade chemicals and custom compounds, as well as a full line of industrial and water treatment chemicals. Together with our business partner, Safe Chem, we offer C-san™ Sanitation blends to the Citrus and Food Processing Industries. Bell Chem’s mission is to provide its customers with the highest quality products, expedited for maximum efficiency, with unrivaled and personalized customer service.

Tips for Safely Transporting Chemicals

Transporting chemicals can be a risky endeavor unless you follow safety guidelines in place for shipping any type of chemicals, from nutritional and beauty care chemicals to industrial chemicals. Knowing how to transport chemicals will keep your business, the shipping company, and the purchasing party safe. Read below for tips from Bell Chem on the safest method to transport chemicals.

A supplier label is provided or affixed (attached) by the supplier and will appear on all hazardous products received at a workplace in Canada. If the hazardous product is always used in the container with the supplier label, no other label is required.

A workplace label is required when a hazardous product is produced (made) at the workplace and used in that workplace, a hazardous product is decanted (e.g., transferred or poured) into another container, or a supplier label becomes lost or illegible (unreadable).

* Initial supplier identifier – There are two exceptions to this requirement:

  • In a situation where a hazardous product is being sold by a distributor, the distributor may replace the name, address and telephone number of the initial supplier with their own contact information.
  • A supplier label must be affixed to every chemical leaving a manufacturer’s premises. This label needs to contain a product identifier (brand name, chemical name, et cetera), initial supplier information; and any hazard symbols, signal words, simple statements explaining the hazard and supplemental label information for more information concerning product classification.
  • Chemical symbols are necessary for storage as well as shipment. Transporting dangerous chemicals without proper containment may lead to leakage, breakage, or inadvertent changes in the chemical properties. Symbols may include “corrosive,” “toxic,” “flammable,” or “oxidizing,” to name a few.
  • Safety considerations are extremely important for transportation. While some chemicals may require refrigeration throughout the journey, others may need to be packed in Styrofoam or dry ice. Know what specific considerations your chemicals require, such as the type of vehicle or packaging needed to ship, the safety equipment for each chemical’s safe transport, whether the chemical can be stacked safely or if it must be shipped without stacking, and the physical conditions the chemical needs.
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) must accompany each chemical. These important sheets explain critical information pertaining to their chemical, including their properties and how to handle them, and the shipping process.

Knowing the correct procedure for shipping chemicals means the chemical shipped is the chemical received with no physical or chemical breakdown en route. Bell Chem has perfected its shipping practices and will safely transport any of its chemicals to you. Give the sanitation, reagent, and beauty care chemicals company, Bell Chem, a call at 407-339-2355 (BELL), and read our blogs for more information on our chemical inventory and safe practices.

Beauty Care Chemicals at Bell Chem

When consumers think of a chemical supply leader such as Bell Chem, they usually envision heavy-duty industrial chemicals and water-treatment chemicals. Bell Chem has a gentler side, though, as a supplier for beauty care chemicals and nutritional supplements. From adipic acid to zinc oxide, Bell Chem has dozens of chemicals to enhance your cosmetic line. The Food and Drug Administration recognizes three distinct categories of cosmetics – cosmetics, drugs, and soaps. Bell Chem serves all three categories with chemicals, oils, and extracts that can be compounded to create the ultimate product. These raw materials have been refined and tested for efficacy, safety, and shelf life to meet rigorous industry demands and provide you with the ultimate in beauty care chemicals.

Most cosmetics contain four broad categories of ingredients, which combine to create hundreds of thousands of products. Following is a list of these four categories along with examples of each.

  • Active ingredients: Active ingredients are the portion of a beauty care product designed to have a pharmacological effect. They will have the greatest impact on skin and hair, and because active ingredients are considered a drug, they are further regulated by the FDA. Examples of active ingredients include sulfur and benzoyl peroxide in acne medications, zinc oxide in sunscreen, and Vitamin E for skin lightening.
  • Conditioning ingredients: These are ingredients that give skin and hair a richer, silkier, or fuller effect. Examples are silicone and glycerine in shampoo and propylene glycol as a skin conditioner.
  • Functional ingredients: This is the “bulk” of the product that determines if it is a cream, lotion, gel, shampoo, etc. Examples include emulsifiers and polymers, detergents, and pH adjustors.
  • Preservatives: Sometimes, preservatives are classified as functional ingredients simply because they stabilize products over an extended period of time. Their second role – retaining product stability without an influx of bacteria, mold, or yeast – gives them a dimension worth categorizing separately. Preservative examples can be anti-microbials such as parabens, and antioxidants to prevent oxygen damage and degradation.

With a range of uses from cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners, antiperspirants, toothpastes and mouthwashes, to infant and baby care products, beauty care chemicals are used everyday by most of the population. Bell Chem believes a more thorough understanding of the role of beauty care chemicals, as well as their derivatives will ensure customers are better informed when they purchase hygiene-related products. Contact Bell Chem at 407-339-2355 (BELL) to speak with one of our beauty care experts, and browse the product information on our website for details on an array of chemicals for you and your company.


Csan™ Sanitation Chemicals at Bell Chem

The Daytona Beach chemical supplier, Bell Chem, offers CsanTM sanitation chemicals to provide our customers with the ultimate in sanitation products. Read below for a list of Csan sanitation chemicals your company may require depending on your need.

  • General purpose cleaners – Used to remove dirt, dust, stains, and odors, general purpose cleaners may take on a liquid, granulated, powder, or spray form. While some general purpose cleaners kill bacteria, others may not.
  • Chlorinated detergents – These chemicals kill bacteria, molds, and yeasts as they disinfect and bleach. Used primarily in food preparation areas or other locations where the threat of vegetative bacteria are present, chlorinated detergents disinfect as they sterilize. From bleaching wood pulp to killing weeds, chlorinated detergents have a variety of uses.
  • Foaming cleaners – Normal spray cleaners are not able to cling to surfaces as readily as foaming cleaners. Foaming cleaners are effective in the removal of fat, protein-based stains, food soil, and other residues on surfaces in the food processing industry. Foaming cleaners adhere more thoroughly to vertical or inverted surfaces to better clean these difficult-to-reach areas.
  • Alkaline cleaners – With strong bases as their cleaning agent, alkaline cleaners dissolve fat, grease, oil, and protein-based substances. Alkaline cleaners are often paired with dispersants to prevent the redeposition of chelants and dissolved soil.
  • Acid Degreasers – Oils and other soils are no match for the chemical reactions of acid degreasers. Used on non-organic deposits, acid degreasers prevent scaling, remove calcium deposits, and dissolve grease and proteins.
  • Sanitizer –  Cleaners differ from sanitizers in that sanitizers are able to clean while they disinfect. Used in areas where bacteria and viruses are an issue – hospitals, dental offices and surgery centers, food prep areas, and bathrooms – sanitizers destroy most microorganisms with their antimicrobial properties by destroying the cell walls of microbes and interfering with their metabolism.

Csan sanitation chemicals can be used in all industries demanding sanitary conditions. Demand the best; contact the Daytona Beach chemical supplier, Bell Chem, today at 407-339-BELL (407-339-2355) to learn more about our Csan line of sanitation chemicals.

Bell Chem & Partner Safe Chem Solutions

For more than 20 years, Bell Chem, your sanitation chemical supplier, has worked side by side with Safe Chem to deliver high-quality chemicals across many industries. Along with Bell Chem’s product line, Safe Chem offers products and services to industries, such as the citrus industry, the dairy production industry, food and beverage manufacturers, and produce industries. Safe Chem provides a variety of services with Bell Chem. Along with training and technical service, Safe Chem specializes in food industry sanitation, wet and dry conveyor and chain lubrication, facility assessment, and fruit and vegetable washing. Packaging and processing equipment are cleaned and sanitized by Safe Chem, the chemical company specializing in chlorine dioxide. Together with Bell Chem, their line of CsanTM sanitation chemicals provides general purpose and foaming and alkaline cleaners, acid and chlorinated detergents, lubricants for conveyors and chains, and an abundance of sanitizers.

Safe Chem offers both services and technical support to industry leaders. With training seminars in Good Manufacturing Practices, safety, and sanitation techniques, Safe Chem focuses on reducing costs and increasing profitability for businesses with their quality control plans that evaluate performance by developing measurement techniques and creating common goals.

Sanitation chemical supplier, Bell Chem, and Safe Chem have a proven partnership that has worked since 1994. With Safe Chem’s line of products and services and Bell Chem’s industrial and technical-grade chemicals and nutritional and cosmetic supplements, these two companies are the perfect combination. Call Bell Chem today at 407-339-2355 (BELL) for more product information.

Bell Chem Verified Compliant via 3rd Party Audit from D.L. Newslow and Associates

Bell Chem has completed verification via 3rd Party Audit by D.L. Newslow and Associates with compliance pertaining to food & product safety. The following were verified compliant by the audit: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Food Safety Control Measures, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), and Prerequisite Programs (PRP). A successful Food Safety 3rd party audit heralds a new level of customer confidence & prestige for Bell Chem. GMP certification ensures quality standards are met for their food, nutritional, and pharmaceutical product storage. The Food Safety Control Measures involves controls for potential food hazards in the facility. HACCP is a quality control program that approaches food safety from a biological, chemical, and physical standpoint to minimize hazards in production processes; specific design measurements in the HACCP program are in place to reduce these risks. PRP’s are an important piece in meeting food safety standards. PRP’s successfully audited included cleaning & sanitation, shipping & receiving, allergen control, recalls & traceability, cross-contamination prevention, GMP’s, and more.

Bell Chem has sought Food Safety 3rd Party Audit compliance for many years and is proud their standards have been recognized. Customers are now ensured the handling and processing of all products meet high standards.

About Bell Chem Founded in 1992, Bell Chem is a food ingredient & chemical distributor located in Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando). Along with a full line of industrial and water treatment chemicals, we offer a diverse blend of food, pharmaceutical, and personal care raw materials, many highly specialized botanical and nutritional ingredients, as well as hard to find technical grade chemicals and custom compounds. Bell Chem’s mission is to provide you with the highest quality products, expedited for maximum efficiency, with unrivaled and personalized customer service.