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New certification program for housewares

BY Brae Canlen

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. 

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Domestic bliss: Manufacturers point to benefits

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Manufacturers responding to an article about Made in the USA products point to a variety of benefits of domestic manufacturing in today’s economy, including psychology and quality control.

For instance, the Delta Power Equipment Corporation purchased the DELTA brand of woodworking equipment and machinery from Stanley Black & Decker on Feb. 4, and transferred the equipment from their Jackson, Tenn. manufacturing facilities to the Delta Power Equipment Corporation facilities in Anderson, S.C. 

This new location continues the 90-year-old DELTA Made in USA tradition, according to President and CEO Bryan Whiffen. 

“Delta benefits from manufacturing in the US in many ways, including quality control, skilled work force, R&D and engineering in the same place, and lower transportation costs,” Whiffen said. “Perhaps best of all, Delta and its loyal customers are proud to be able to say "that’s Made in the USA" when talking about these Delta products.”

At Intertape Polymer Group, domestic manufacturing is increasingly sought out, said Gregory Yull, president and CEO.

“American consumers are highly sensitive to buying American-made products because they link ‘buying American’ to giving jobs not only to factory workers but to everyone involved in the supply chain,” Yull said. “They are willing to search out IPG’s US-produced pressure-sensitive tapes, recognizing these products as being higher quality than imported goods.”

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‘Homer Bandit’ gets seven-year sentence

BY Brae Canlen

A San-Diego area man will be sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to nine felonies that include making fraudulent purchases at Home Depot stores. According to a story reported by the City News Service, Joel Booth, age 39, used counterfeit checks and identification cards to purchase items at a number of Home Depot stores in San Diego and Riverside counties. Police investigators nicknamed him “The Homer Bandit,” after Home Depot’s original mascot.

Booth used both real and fake names to manufacture checks, investigators said, using account information stolen from victims’ mail boxes and/or U.S. postal drop boxes. Almost 30 businesses lost thousands of dollars to Booth’s scam, authorities said. 

Police caught up with Booth on March 10, 2011 at a Ross Dress for Less store in Santee, just east of San Diego. He was trying to return items he purchased at a Ross store in La Quinta. 

Booth has agreed to plead guilty to burglary and multiple counts of unlawful use of someone’s personal identifying information. 

 

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