NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, has launched the NSF Home Product Certification Program for home kitchen products and appliances. NSF announced the new program on March 12 at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago.
Product categories covered by the new standards include coffee makers, slow cookers, blenders, food storage containers and cookware. Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Crock-Pot slow cooker, Oster blender and Mr. Coffee coffee maker are the first products to earn NSF Home Product Certification. Products that comply with the requirements will bear the NSF “Certified for Home Use” certification mark.
NSF regulatory and public health experts worked with retailers, manufacturers and regulatory experts to develop protocols for each product category, which incorporate all relevant regulatory and retailer requirements.
NSF International has developed national standards for commercial food service equipment and tested and certified equipment to ensure it complies with these standards since its founding in 1944. Most state and local health departments now require that food service establishments use equipment certified to these NSF standards. NSF also led the development of national standards for products that come in contact with or treat drinking water, such as pipes, plumbing and water treatment systems/filters, and NSF tests and certifies products to those standards.