What is NSF-Certification?
Chances are you’ve probably seen the logo, heard of the certification, or maybe have foodservice products in your kitchen that bear the “NSF-Certified” mark. But what is it, and why should you care?
The NSF Certification is a well-known, voluntary product certification in foodservice that addresses sanitary requirements. The certifiers are an independent, non-profit organization, historically known as the “National Sanitation Foundation” (NSF). NSF has an ongoing public health commitment to encourage everyone to live safely, and has been certifying products and writing international standards for food, water and consumer goods for over 60 years.
Why is it important?
NSF-certified products undergo rigorous, strict and regular testing. Foodservice products must meet (and maintain) a high level of sanitation and safety standards, and hold certain criteria to qualify.
A sous vide water bath, for instance, must undergo a stringent review of its design, construction and material makeup. The water bath is then subjected to a performance evaluation. The facility that manufactures the bath must be inspected. Following its certification, the sous vide water bath would regularly undergo audits ensuring it continues to meet the highest standards for sanitation and safety.
In addition, an NSF-certified foodservice product receives agency acceptance. The NSF logo on your water bath means the product is respected by regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level.
Consequently, NSF-certified products let you rest assured knowing that your equipment not only meets public food safety requirements, but also delivers a high quality independently certified final product.
At Flavorseal, we believe the NSF Certification brings peace of mind. We recently released our new NSF-Certified Sous Vide Water Baths that offers the same accessibility and ease of use for your commercial kitchen as our other water baths.
Find out more about our new NSF-Certified Sous Vide Water Baths. If you’d like to learn more about NSF International and the foodservice industry, visit their NSF Foodservice Equipment Certification page.