New NSF Home Product Certification Protocol Evaluates the Safety and Quality of Home Products

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the consumer goods, food and water industries, has certified Oster Blenders, a Jarden Consumer Solutions Brand, to a new protocol NSF developed to evaluate the safety and quality of home blenders.  The Oster 8-Speed and Die-Cast Blenders are the first products in this category to earn certification to the protocol, which was developed as part of the new NSF Home Product Certification (HPC) Program.

The NSF Home Product Certification Program is based on, but separate from, the NSF commercial foodservice equipment certification program. 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 Program builds on this commercial 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 food contact material regulations.  This enables manufacturers to streamline multiple client product specifications into one set of testing requirements, helping assure product safety, while also increasing a product’s speed to market and reducing overall costs. Production facilities also undergo a thorough audit to verify that systems are in place to help assure finished products meet NSF protocol requirements.

NSF public health experts worked with retailers, manufacturers and regulatory experts to develop NSF Protocol P388: Blenders for Home Use. This protocol covers electrical countertop blenders and includes a rigorous set of testing requirements which evaluate:

  • Performance (e.g. cleanability, corrosion resistance, durability)
  • Material safety (e.g. does not leach harmful contaminants such as heavy metals and phthalates into food )
  • Packaging and labeling (e.g. distributor/manufacturing location, description, quantity, usage directions, warning labels, disclaimer statements, lot number/expiration date and label claims are accurate and follow regulations)
  • Conformance to applicable U.S., Canadian and EU product regulations

NSF International tested and certified Jarden’s 8-Speed and Die-Cast Oster Blenders against Protocol P388, and audited the facility in which the products are made. For earning certification, Oster Blenders will bear the NSF “Certified for Home Use” mark.

"Consumers are more safety minded than ever and look for products that have added assurance of safety and quality. Through the NSF Home Product Certification Program, we’re able to provide this added assurance to consumers as well as communicate to retail buyers product safety and compliance," said Tony Satcher, Director of Sales Operations, Jarden Consumer Solutions.

In a recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF International, nearly 40 percent of consumers expressed concerns about the safety of their home kitchen appliances and cookware, and almost 75 percent expressed a preference in products that were independently tested and certified over those that were not.

"The NSF Certified for Home Use mark on certified products allows consumers to easily identify safer products that have been tested by an independent 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 NSF’s business development team at homeproducts@nsf.org, 877-520-5224 or visit nsfhomeproducts.org.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with NSF Consumer Products Division General Manager Sarah Krol, contact Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent global 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 developed the first standards for foodservice equipment in 1944, beginning with sanitation standards for soda fountain and luncheonette equipment. Since then, NSF has developed more than 80 consensus American National Standards for a wide range of consumer and commercial products. Today, commercial food equipment certified to NSF national standards is mandated in many state, county and city food codes throughout the U.S. NSF also developed the American National Standards for materials and products that treat or contact public water supplies at the request of U.S. EPA. In 1990, the U.S. EPA phased out its drinking water product advisory program and redirected states to rely on accredited certifications to 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.

Oster® is a registered trademark of Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a/ Jarden Consumer Solutions.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org