NSF International’s office in Ecuador will provide certification, auditing and training services for the agriculture, supply chain, retail and environmental service sectors

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and GUAYAS, Ecuador – NSF International, a global public health and safety organization with over 70 years of experience in food safety, has opened an office in Ecuador. The NSF International office in Ecuador is founded on a long-standing partnership between NSF International and Agroquality, which has agreed to merge its business with NSF International. The new NSF International team in Ecuador will provide services to the food processor, agriculture and aquaculture industry. NSF has additional offices in Latin America, including in Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico.

Through this merger, NSF International is now strategically placed to help companies meet global and local demands to certify more products to NSF/ANSI standards, to provide experienced auditing services, to develop sustainable solutions that comply with local and international requirements, and to create robust training programs for food safety.

NSF International’s office in Ecuador is located in the area of Samborondón, in Guayas, Ecuador. NSF International recognizes the importance of serving the agriculture and food industry through an office that can offer security to clients, with the support of local people.

The NSF International team in Ecuador will be comprised of the former Agroquality staff members who are very knowledgeable about the food safety industry and have established solid client relationships. This team will be supported by NSF International’s global network.

Agroquality, now known as NSF International, will become part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, reporting to Sonia Acuña-Rubio, Latin American Managing Director, NSF International. Amy Robles, the General Manager of Agroquality, will now be the General Manager for NSF International office in Ecuador. She has managed the Trust Control International certification department and Agroquality for ten years.

Both NSF International and Agroquality share a proven record of client satisfaction as well as the core values of ethics, integrity, respect and social responsibility all guided by a commitment to food safety. Agroquality began operations in 2006 by providing added value to Trust Control International clients that needed GLOBALG.A.P. certification. In 2010 Agroquality added training to its list of services, accredited by SETEC (State Institution).

Benefit of NSF International in Ecuador:

Due to its central location in South America, NSF's office in Ecuador can provide services to surrounding countries.

Main services offered via NSF International’s office in Ecuador:

  • Certification: Certification programs for HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI, which includes BRC, IFS, SQF, FSSC 22000 and BAP) by auditors with exceptional expertise and capacity.
  • Auditing services: NSF International conducts international franchise audits for major restaurants with locations throughout Latin America.
  • Training and development: NSF International's team in Ecuador develops and delivers specialized training programs for the certification programs above as well as for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • Agriculture services: NSF provides agriculture certifications such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and GLOBALG.A.P. as well as phytosanitary audits.
  • Other services: NSF International’s Ecuador office also facilitates testing services, second- and third-party regulatory audits, product certification, environmental services, etc. 

Benefit of NSF International to Agroquality clients:

Existing Agroquality clients will now have access to NSF International’s extensive suite of services, helping food businesses to protect their customers and their brands.

“The addition of the Ecuador location to the NSF International Global Food Division enables us to provide global auditing, certification and training services to the Latin American food industry for our multinational retail customers and complements our current operations in other parts of the world,” said Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, NSF International. “We welcome the expertise, strong reputation and shared commitment to food safety that the Agroquality group brings to NSF International’s food safety and quality business.”

“Agroquality has already forged a strong working relationship with NSF International,” said Amy Robles, now General Manager for NSF International’s Ecuador office. “The opportunity to have local access to the technical expertise of NSF International’s global food services will benefit Ecuadorian businesses. We are extremely excited to be part of NSF International as its global leadership in food safety and quality will benefit our existing and new clients.”

For more information about the NSF International Food Safety and Quality Program, please contact Sonia Acuña-Rubio at sacunarubio@nsf.org or Amy Robles, General Manager, at amyrobles@nsf.org or +593 4 3729410.

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About NSF International www.nsf.org

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and 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 International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

The 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 CanadaG.A.P.), plus expert auditing and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification (including Non-GMO Project, gluten-free and Certified Transitional). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds.