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NSF/ANSI 2: Food Equipment is a standard that establishes minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for the materials, design, fabrication, construction and performance of food handling and processing equipment (such as tables, counters, hoods, shelves, sinks and other basic equipment structures used in commercial food service environments).
The standard has recently been updated to encompass glass and glass-like tableware, including beverage ware, dinnerware and flatware. While glass and ceramic tableware are used extensively in food service establishments, they present the potential for chemical hazards (such as the presence of heavy metals in contact with food) and physical hazards (by being easily breakable into small pieces with sharp edges). The update to NSF/ANSI 2 helps minimize these risks. During the certification process, NSF verifies the toxicological aspects of a manufacturer’s tableware and performs impact resistance and thermal shock testing to ensure the product’s durability.
In addition to closing a historical gap in third-party certification for glass and glass-like tableware, here are some other industry trends we’re seeing that make the update to NSF/ANSI 2 timely.
Find out more about the latest update to NSF/ANSI 2 as well as how to get your products certified.