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ASTM Leather Committee approves wet blue/wet white standard.

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February 11, 2011 - Wet blue and wet white are intermediate products used by tanneries that process natural hides and skins into leather. Natural fats and oils need to be largely removed from wet blue and wet white for leather processing to be done properly, but no standard had previously existed to evaluate effectiveness of such removal. ASTM International Committee D31 on Leather has developed such a standard, ASTM D7674, Test Method for Hexane/Petroleum Ether Extract in Wet Blue and Wet White.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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ASTM Committee on Leather Approves New Wet Blue/Wet White Standard

Press release date: February 9, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - Wet blue and wet white are intermediate products used by tanneries that process natural hides and skins into leather. Natural fats and oils need to be largely removed from wet blue and wet white for leather processing to be done properly, but no standard had previously existed to evaluate the effectiveness of such removal. ASTM International Committee D31 on Leather has now developed such a standard, ASTM D7674, Test Method for Hexane/Petroleum Ether Extract in Wet Blue and Wet White. ASTM D7674 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D31.02 on Wet Blue. "In the wet blue and wet white process, chemicals are used purposefully to remove the natural fats and oils contents to a very low level," says Okey Abara, senior chemist, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., and chairman of D31.02. "It is very important to get accurate information from the lab in order to gauge the effectiveness of the process to remove the natural fats and oils to a defined level." Abara notes that ineffective test results can lead to false elevated levels, which will result in the addition of unneeded chemicals into the process and greater expense that ultimately is passed on to consumers. "Accurate results from fats and oils testing is the key to achieving an effective, efficient process that will prevent these issues," says Abara. All interested parties, particularly those from any aspect sector of the leather industry, are invited to join in the standards developing activities of D31. Abara says that the committee is now specifically interested in developing standards for non-residuals (for example, fungicides and valence-based chromium analysis) in wet blue and wet white. To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee D31 Next Meeting: April 27-28, Wyndmoor, Pa.
Technical Contact: Okey Abara, Tyson Foods Inc., Dakota Dunes, S.D., Phone: 605-235-3344; okey.abara@tyson.com

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