The organization continues to serve Canada’s growing demand for global food safety and quality services

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and GUELPH, Ontario – NSF-GFTC, formerly known as the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), has changed its name to NSF International. NSF International, a global leader in food safety and quality, acquired GFTC, a Canadian food safety leader, in 2013, and at the time renamed it NSF-GFTC.

Renaming the organization NSF International helps align all NSF services in Canada under the NSF umbrella, making it easier for clients to access additional services in food safety training, consulting, auditing and certification, as well as management systems (ISO) registrations.

Canada is a key market for NSF International. The Canadian team provides services to 1,500 businesses, trains 3,000 food safety professionals globally and provides more than 110 training courses annually. To support this growth, NSF International has built a new state-of-the-art facility within the Ontario Food Cluster, one of the largest food and beverage processing jurisdictions in North America. The facility’s grand opening will be held September 9, 2016 near the University of Guelph campus.

The new 20,000 sq. ft. building also houses NSF’s innovative eLearning capabilities as well as food packaging, labelling, and product and process development services.

“NSF International was so pleased to have merged with NSF-GFTC and its members three years ago, and our role has been to continue to fortify the Canadian market by investing in our staff and infrastructure for our clients,” said Kevan Lawlor, President and CEO of NSF International. “NSF International’s Canadian clients also have access to a growing global organization dedicated to food safety and quality to protect human health.”

“Canada is a global leader in food safety and quality which is why NSF International continues to support the important role Canada has worldwide,” said Tom Chestnut, Vice President, Global Food Division, NSF International. “Renaming NSF-GFTC to NSF International is important as our clients now have access to a wide variety of services that are available globally under the NSF umbrella.”

NSF International also recently acquired a food safety organization in Montreal, Quebec that specializes in consulting and training. The organization, formerly called AgroExperts, is a subsidiary of Euro Consultants Group, which was acquired by NSF International in August 2016. AgroExperts also will be renamed NSF International, as a variety of NSF services are now available to its clients.

Editor’s Note: For more information, to schedule an interview with an NSF International spokesperson or to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, please contact Lise Smedmor at lsmedmor@nsf.org or +1-519-821-1246 x6436.

About NSF International: NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, organic and Certified Transitional food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification (including Non-GMO Project and gluten-free). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; and sustainability solutions. NSF also provides management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, 14001) through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).