On November 12, 2012, NSF certifications of deli slicers to the 2009 version of NSF/ANSI Standard 8 will expire and will be delisted. After this date, only deli slicers certified by NSF to the revised 2010 standard will be included in the NSF Listings. The 2010 revisions to NSF/ANSI Standard 8 (deli slicers section) were developed by consensus through a joint committee of public health regulatory officials, food equipment manufacturers and equipment users. The updates address issues concerning deli slicers’ knives, carriage trays, gauge plates, joints, seams and electrical components, as well as the development of cleaning, sanitation and inspection instructions. These revisions aim to reduce microbial cross-contamination in deli slicers that can arise as the equipment experiences wear and tear over time. For full details on the changes, request a copy of NSF/ANSI 8 - 2010.
Deli slicers should be cleaned according to manufacturers’ instructions and be well maintained to prevent the accumulation of food debris and juices that can lead to foodborne illness. Since slicers typically remain in use for many years, operators and regulators must be diligent in their inspection, evaluation and maintenance of this equipment, according to the FDA. See the FDA’s Commercial Deli Slicer Inspection Tips.
The best way to verify that a slicer has been NSF-certified to the current version of NSF/ANSI 8 - 2010 is to check the NSF listings page.
If you would like to learn more about the 2010 update to NSF/ANSI Standard 8, please contact:
Ron Grimes, NSF Manager of Regulatory Affairs
T: +1.734-827-6863 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference the links below for further details on the updated NSF/ANSI Standard 8 - 2010 standard.