What is Nitrile?

What is nitrile? We get asked this question a lot. Simply put, nitrile (nitrile butadiene rubber) is a synthetic, latex-free rubber.Nitrile Glove Stretch

Nitrile gloves have characteristics similar to latex such as their elasticity and strength, but do not contain the latex proteins people can be highly sensitive or even allergic to.

We recommend nitrile gloves for food handling for multiple food safety reasons. However, because of differing qualities of raw materials and manufacturing processes not all nitrile gloves have the same food safety qualities. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing nitrile gloves.

Food Safety

  • Eagle’s Sensitive, Light & Tough and FineTOUGH nitrile gloves reduce the risk of cross-contamination, simply because of their unique surface characteristics due to high-quality manufacturing (read more).

  • Higher-quality nitrile gloves rip/tear less frequently (read more).

  • AQL (number of pinhole defects per box) effects food safety. There is no AQL requirement for food service gloves, meaning there are no guidelines for the number of failures per box. Choosing a nitrile glove that exceeds medical grade standards provides superior protection.

Glove Quality

  • Gloves made in dirty factories can be contaminated with bacteria before you even use them (read more).

  • Cheap gloves can contain fillers like chalk or silica to reduce the cost of manufacturing. These can be toxic to the wearer, and reduce glove strength and flexibility making them more prone to tearing. We have an easy trick to estimate the quality of your disposable gloves (read more).  

Worker Safety

  • Poor fitting gloves can cause hand injuries (read more).

  • Low-quality materials can contain toxic compounds which can induce skin disease (read more).

  • Disposable glove manufacturing has been identified as a high risk industry for labor abuse. Eagle Protect gloves are produced in Child Labor Free certified factories (read more).


Eagle Protect supplies responsibly sourced disposable nitrile gloves, which exceed examination grade AQL requirements. They are produced with high-quality ingredients and manufacturing processes, providing your workers and your food a superior quality of barrier protection against bacteria and virus.


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