FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Unity Envirotech LLC becomes first manufacturer to earn NSF Certification to Protocol P353
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, a not-for-profit testing and certification organization committed to protecting the environment and public health, has developed a new protocol for organically-enhanced granular fertilizer production processes. The protocol evaluates granular fertilizers such as Unity-NS-Plus produced by Unity Envirotech LLC to verify that they are free of pathogens, noncombustible and meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) metal concentration requirements.
The new protocol, NSF Protocol P353: Sewage Sludge Sterilization in Organically-Enhanced Granular Fertilizer Production, creates a means for fertilizer manufacturers who use biosolids or sewage sludge to demonstrate their products comply with all requirements. Sewage sludge refers to the solids separated during the treatment of municipal wastewater.* Specific requirements of NSF P353 include:
If the fertilizer complies with the EPA Part 503 rule and the testing and evaluation (in accordance to P353) is completed successfully, as in the case with Unity Envirotech, NSF Certification is granted. The NSF Certified fertilizer appears on the NSF website and may bear the NSF P353 Mark on its packaging and in promotional materials to demonstrate compliance with the protocol.
“NSF Protocol P353 is the first protocol to evaluate organically-enhanced granular fertilizer used in food crop applications,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager, NSF International’s Wastewater and Environmental Research Programs. “It allows manufacturers to demonstrate the quality and sterilization of their fertilizer while complying with key food protection criteria.”
NSF P353 was developed by an expert panel of public health professionals. The panel included academicians from the University of Manitoba and Tulane University; a public health regulator; representatives from the IFDC (formerly International Fertilizer Development Center); a chief of environmental affairs; a HACCP specialist; an NSF microbiologist; and a representative from Unity Envirotech.
“NSF Protocol P353 is the first protocol of its type for organically-enhanced granular fertilizer production processes. The protocol will provide municipal wastewater departments, farmers, trade associations, environmental organizations and the public with the ability to identify fertilizer products that are pathogen free, noncombustible and meet the EPA's heavy metal standards,” said Unity Envirotech CEO Roger Tuttle. “Unity’s granular organic/inorganic nitrogen sulfur fertilizers with micronutrients will help feed a growing population while utilizing the increasing quantity of sewage sludge.”
If you have questions or are interested in pursuing certification to NSF P353, please contact Patrick Davison, NSF International Senior Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or view NSF's P353 Q&A. Media can contact email@example.com for more information.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
The NSF Engineering and Research Services (ERS) program utilizes all of NSF's capabilities to accommodate the vast array of customers' testing needs. Companies can attain technical information by employing ERS to complete research and development testing, validate manufacturers' claims, or to obtain additional certifications against NSF protocols and non-NSF protocols.
NSF’s Wastewater Treatment Program offers certification to technologies, which treat whole house wastewater, black waste, graywater and individual treatment components, such as filters, pumps, etc. The wastewater program was developed at the request of the regulatory community more than 30 years ago when the alternative, on-site, residential wastewater treatment industry began to grow and the demand for effective on-site treatment increased.
Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001) delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.
* Source: US EPA Sewage Sludge/Biosolids Program
** Source: A Plain English Guide to the EPA Part 503 Biosolids Rule