New NSF Home Product Certification Protocol Evaluates the Safety and Quality of Home Coffee Makers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (October 8, 2012) – NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the consumer goods, food, and water industries, has certified Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Mr. Coffee® Coffee Maker to a new protocol NSF developed to evaluate the safety and quality of home coffee makers. The Mr. Coffee® Coffee Maker is the first product in this category to earn certification to the protocol, which was developed as part of the new NSF Home Product Certification (HPC) Program.
The program is based on NSF’s legacy in certifying commercial food equipment. In fact, many state, county and city food codes in the U.S. mandate that commercial establishments use foodservice equipment that is certified to NSF commercial food equipment standards. The NSF Home Product Certification builds on this expertise by now helping to ensure the safety and quality of consumer products and appliances used in the home.
Through this program, products are thoroughly tested against a rigorous set of protocols at NSF’s laboratories. The protocols are specific to home use and incorporate all applicable product quality, performance, and FDA food contact material requirements. This enables manufacturers to streamline various product specifications into one set of testing requirements, helping assure product safety, while also increasing a product’s speed to market and potentially reducing overall testing costs. Production facilities also undergo a thorough audit to verify that systems are in place to help assure finished products meet the requirements.
NSF regulatory and public health experts worked with retailers, manufacturers and regulatory experts to develop NSF Protocol P387: Coffee Makers for Home Use, which covers electrical (drip and pour-over) coffee makers, non-electrical (French Press) coffee makers, and espresso and cappuccino machines. The protocol includes a rigorous set of testing requirements which evaluate:
NSF International tested and certified Mr. Coffee® Coffee Maker against the Protocol P387, and audited the facility in which the product was made. For earning certification, Mr. Coffee® Coffee Makers will bear the NSF “Certified for Home Use” Mark.
"The NSF Certified for Home Use Mark on our Mr. Coffee® Coffee Makers not only communicates the safety and quality of our products to consumers, it also signals product acceptability and compliance to retail buyers,” said Tony Satcher, Director of Sales Operations, Team Costco, Jarden Consumer Solutions. “Streamlining this process saves manufacturers time and costs associated with meeting multiple regulatory requirements while verifying product quality for retailers and suppliers."
"Consumers can now look for the NSF Certified for Home Use™ Mark on Mr. Coffee® Coffee Makers and know that it has been evaluated by a credible third-party public health organization against a rigorous set of quality, performance and material safety requirements," said Sarah Krol, General Manager of Consumer Products, NSF International.
The new NSF Home Product Certification Program is part of NSF’s Consumer Products Division, which also offers private label assurance and specification development. The NSF Private Label Assurance program verifies that private label products meet retailers’ quality standards, are comparable to national brands and comply with consumer product regulations.
To inquire about becoming certified under the NSF Home Product Certification Program™ contact Ken Ash, Director of Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org, (+1) 678-461-7986 or visit nsfhomeproducts.org.
Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with NSF Consumer Products division General Manager Sarah Krol, contact Kelly Nichols at email@example.com or 734-827-6850.
About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International developed the first standards for foodservice equipment in 1944, beginning with sanitization standards for soda fountain and luncheonette equipment. Since then, NSF has developed more than 80 American National Standards for a wide range of consumer and commercial products. Today, commercial food equipment certified to NSF national standards is mandated in state, county and city food codes throughout the US.NSF also developed the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water, including water filters. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most plumbing codes require that pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings be certified to NSF standards.
The NSF Consumer Products Division builds on NSF’s expertise in national standards development, testing and certification to help ensure the safety and quality of consumer products and appliances used in and around the home. These include bottled water and beverages, nutritional/dietary supplements, private label goods, personal care products, home appliances, cookware, bakeware and small kitchen electrics. Additional NSF services include environmental/sustainable product claims verification, safety audits for the food and water industries, and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).
About Jarden Consumer Solutions: Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS), a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation, is a leading consumer products company that designs, manufactures and markets, nationally and internationally, a diverse portfolio of consumer products under world-class brands such as Bionaire®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, skybar®, Sunbeam® and VillaWare®. JCS is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and employs more than 10,000 people in 15 countries. More information about JCS can be found on the Web at www.jardencs.com.
Mr. Coffee® is a registered trademark of Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a/ Jarden Consumer Solutions.
CONTACT: Kelly Nichols