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NSF Shanghai Co., Ltd Newsletter – 2013 Quarter 4
We hope you enjoy the fourth issue of NSF Shanghai E-News for 2013. NSF Shanghai E-News includes the latest NSF news, tips for a better use of our Official listing and information about trade shows and seminars which NSF Shanghai will be present at. Be sure to look for our next issue in March 2014!
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NSF International Acquires Brazil’s Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consultancy Ltd.
NSF International has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It will become known as NSF Bioensaios.
Founded in 1990, Bioensaios is a leading analytical laboratory that provides GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) studies and highly specialized testing services, including ecotoxicity, for a range of domestic and international companies as well as government agencies serving the water, food and agribusiness industries. NSF International clients now have access to NSF Bioensaios' full set of services, including environmental evaluations for freshwater, seawater, effluent, soil and sediment; valuation reports on drinking water, food and feed safety; and OECD-GLP studies for chemical products, drugs, materials and components. > Read More
Bacterium Discovered in Michigan is of the Same Family as E. coli and Klebsiella Pneumonia
Scientists at NSF International’s Applied Research Centerhave discovered a new bacterium, Klebsiella michiganensis (K. michiganensis). Researchers from the NSF Applied Research Center, a division of NSF that focuses exclusively on research and development, found that the new coliform bacterium is part of the same family as E. coli, a species typically found in human intestines and fecal matter. A number of bacteria of the genus Klebsiella are pathogenic and drug resistant, including Klebsiella pneumonia, which can cause pneumonia and respiratory tract and urinary tract infections. > Read More
NSF Water Programs
NSF International Issues Its First Australian WaterMark Certification for Plastic Piping Products
Australian WaterMark offered via NSF Passport Program™ which streamlines multiple country product approvals, reducing costs and time to market. NSF International has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. Simon Co.’s products are the first polyethylene pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International and Simon Co. can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.
WaterMark certification is required for products to be legally installed in the water supply system in Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand. To earn WaterMark certification, Simon Co.’s pipe and fittings were submitted to an NSF laboratory and subjected to rigorous material safety, performance and structural integrity testing to the AS/NZS 4130 (polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) and AS/NZS 4129 (fittings for polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) standards. NSF also conducted an audit of Simon Co.’s manufacturing facility to verify product formulations, supplier, and quality assurance/quality control records and that only authorized materials are used to manufacture the product. > Read More
U.S. Consumers Need More Education When Buying Water Filters
According to NSF International’s 2013 Water Quality Survey, U.S. consumers are not doing their due diligence before buying awater treatment system. The survey of 942 American adults who use water filtration products found that less than one-fifth (17 percent) research the contaminants in their local water supply and purchase a water filter that has been tested and certified to reduce those contaminants.
NSF International’s survey revealed that more than half of Americans (55 percent) who have a home water filter purchased the water treatment system for reasons unrelated to the quality of their tap water, citing the following as influencing their decision: the system came with the home (35 percent), was recommended by family or friends (11 percent), or received positive online reviews (8 percent). > Read More
NSF Food Safety Program
Canadian Food Industry Event to Provide Strategic Insight Into Emerging Issues and Trends
Food industry professionals can gain strategic information and insight into emerging issues and trends at State of the Industry: A Canadian Food Industry Forecast on November 7 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Canadian food industry experts provided an in-depth look at critical issues at this event hosted by NSF-GFTC (formerly GFTC, the Guelph Food Technology Centre), part of NSF International’s Global Food Division.
Two keynote sessions tackled the economic future of the Canadian food and beverage industry and how asking the right questions can help business leaders change their companies. Expert speakers weighed in on consumer behavior and trends, innovation in the food industry and strategies for preparing a business for sale. > Read More
NSF International to Offer Non-GMO Project Verification to Meet Increasing Demand for Trusted Label
To support the growing demand for credible, third-party verified non-GMO products, NSF International, a global organization with nearly 70 years of food certification expertise, will join the Non-GMO Project as a Technical Administrator in early 2014 offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another option to earn verification for the trusted non-GMO label. NSF is currently conducting beta tests on its Non-GMO Project quality system and infrastructure with an aim to be fully operational in 2014.
Recognizing the increasing consumer demand for non-GMO foods, retailers and food manufacturers/processors have increased their efforts to deliver credible, certified food options. Whole Foods Market recently announced that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). > Read More
NSF Health Science Programs
NSF International Discovers Emerging and Potentially Harmful Adulterant in Dietary Supplements
Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands have published an article in Drug Testing and Analysis describing the public health implications of an emerging and potentially harmful substance found in a dietary supplement sold in stores and online.
The substance, called N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine (N,a-DEPEA), has a structure similar to methamphetamine and was found in a consumer dietary supplement product called Craze (marketed by Driven Sports, Inc.). Additionally, the substance (N,a-DEPEA) is not disclosed on the label. The substance was found as part of a collaborative testing project conducted by scientists at NSF International, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (NIPHE) in the Netherlands. > Read More
NSF Sustainability Program
NSF International and Sustainable Waste Solutions Partner to Provide Landfill-Free Verification
NSF Sustainability has partnered with Sustainable Waste Solutions to provide companies with effective waste management solutions without utilizing landfills for their waste disposal. By providing landfill-free verification, NSF International and Sustainable Waste Solutions will assess companies to document that all wastes generated are reused, recycled or processed as waste to energy.
Achieving landfill-free status is a significant accomplishment. Giving companies the opportunity to demonstrate their environmental leadership by verifying their environmental claim through reputable, independent third-party organizations is essential.
Sustainable Waste Solutions provides a broad range of reuse, recycling and waste services to its customers. Industries serviced include food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, high tech, automotive, defense, packaging and more. > Read More
NSF Collaborates with Natural Stone Council to Develop Sustainability Standard for Natural Stone
The Natural Stone Council (NSC), an organization that promotes the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional and educational applications, and NSF International have developed the first sustainability assessment standard for stone – NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone. The standard defines criteria for the sustainable development aspects of dimensional stone production while harmonizing environmental requirements for stone quarrying and production.
NSC utilized NSF International’s technical expertise as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer to help create the consensus-based standard. When finalized as an ANSI standard it is expected to assist in acceptance of NSC 373 by trade and sustainability stakeholders. NSF helped NSC through the consensus process by gathering and managing a joint committee comprised of key stakeholders to define and agree on criteria for the standard. The committee included stone industry trade associations, quarry and processing companies, NGOs, architects, and government, environmental advocacy, academia, green building and design groups.
NSF International provides certification to the new NSC standard through the NSF Sustainability Division. NSF Sustainability will evaluate natural stone quarrying and fabrication operations in several key impact categories, including water, transportation, site management, land reclamation and adaptive reuse, and management of excess process materials and waste. > Read More
NSF International Launches First and Only Certification Program for Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors
Due to the extensive impact tire pressure has on vehicle safety and efficiency, tire pressure monitoring sensors are required on all cars sold in the U.S. after September 1, 2007. In conjunction with the SEMA automotive show, NSF International will launch the first and only certification program specifying safety and quality requirements for automotive in wheel tire pressure monitoring sensors for the aftermarkets parts industry.
U.S. Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000 in response to a defective tire recall that resulted in unsafe driving conditions and fatalities. The Act mandates the use of a tire pressure monitoring systems technology in all light motor vehicles (under 10,000 pounds) to alert drivers about underinflated tires. > Read More
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