Beverages and Packaged Ice Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

The NSF Beverage Quality Program offers auditing, label verification, ingredient registration, testing and independent certification to help your beverage and packaged ice products stand out in this crowded marketplace.

NSF certification provides product recognition and many marketing benefits, including:

  • Assurance to retailers that your product meets all regulatory requirements and best practices for bottled water
  • Confirmation of full compliance with regulations so regulators know your product has passed testing and plant inspections
  • Demonstration that manufacturers have carried out requisite due diligence to ensure the quality and safety of the product
  • Consumer confidence in your product upon seeing the trusted NSF certification mark

NSF certification is the accredited (by ANSI and others) quality standard for bottled water, natural mineral water, beverages, packaged ice and caps and containers. This certification demonstrates that your product meets all regulatory requirements and best practices and that your plant is fully compliant with regulations.

This internationally recognized certification gives you the protection of due diligence and assures your customers of the quality and safety of you product.

Contact us at bq@nsf.org for more information.

Benefits of Certification

Our expert team gives you the confidence to know that you are producing a safe, high quality product made to your specifications each time. Testing, auditing and certifications are essential components of a robust compliance program that can help protect your brand by reducing your products’ contamination and recall risks.

Evaluation by an independent, third-party certifier reassures your customers of your commitment to safety and quality while meeting retailer and regulator expectations for proof of independent plant audits.

Following successful certification, your product packaging and advertising can include the NSF mark. Known around the world as a symbol of safety and quality, the NSF mark lends credibility and recognition to products. With NSF certification, your products will gain market exposure through our NSF product listings, the online global resource for retailers, regulators and consumers.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International has been testing and certifying products to food safety standards since its inception in 1944. We are now one of the most trusted names in food safety due to our stringent standards and high integrity.

We are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and our world-class laboratories are accredited to standard ISO 17025, the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and the New York State Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP).

We have conducted more than 10,000 audits of bottled water, beverage and packaged ice plants around the world. We are constantly conducting training programs for our auditors to ensure consistency and calibration.

We assign you a dedicated project manager as your single point of contact. Our NSF Online secure web portal lets you gain access to your tests reports and audits 24/7.

With a global network of auditors and laboratories, we have the capabilities to ensure your products are safe and effective.

Certification Process

Application/Contract — We process your application and assign your company a corporate and plant number. We provide all costs, terms and conditions related to certification. We assign a dedicated project manager and a local in-country contact, if needed. You are set up in NSF Online, our secure 24/7 web portal that allows you access to reports and other information.

We provide all documents relating to product certification, including checklists and guidance documents with all the reference standards and requirements related to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and good manufacturing practices.

HACCP and Ingredient Review — We review your HACCP plan to the standards of Codex Alimentarius. Your plan must meet the international standard and that of the certification program. If your product has any ingredients other than trace minerals, a toxicology review needs to verify the safety of any flavorings, sweeteners or other product additives.

Facility Audit — You complete a pre-audit checklist for insight into areas that may need work or improvement before our initial visit. When you are ready, we arrange the audit. Any non-conformances identified during the audit must be fixed and documented through the corrective actions process.

Product Testing — We test each finished product type to be certified to the reference standard you specify (e.g. U.S. FDA, EU, WHO). Any parameter not meeting the standard has to be retested. Our auditors can collect samples at the facility audit or you can ship them directly to our lab. We also test your natural source waters. Any non-conformances identified during testing must be fixed and documented through the corrective actions process.

Label Review — Once any non-conformances related to the facility audit or product testing are resolved, we review your label to ensure it matches the standards of identity.

Listing — When all requirements are satisfactorily completed, your product(s) appear(s) in the NSF online listings and you receive NSF certificates.

Re-Certification — Each year thereafter, we conduct an unannounced audit and test your finished product to ensure maintenance of the standards required for continued use of the NSF mark.

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