Does the NSF label seem familiar to you? Well, if you’ve been very keen on your equipment and products, there’s a big chance that you’ve seen this little round blue NSF certification mark – especially if you are working around the foodservice industry.
What does NSF-certified mean? Is it important? In this article, we will walk through the important things that you have to know about NSF certification and what it has to do with you. Aside from learning what NSF means, we will also try to understand how it works and how it impacts the manufacturing industry.
What do you mean by NSF?
Simply put, NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation. It is a non-profit organization established in 1944 that aims to protect and improve human health by creating standards for food safety and sanitation. They provide third-party testing and validation to products manufactured by companies and made available to the market.1
Part of the tasks that NSF International do is to test, audit, and certify the products and procedures done by manufacturing companies to help protect the food, water, consumer product, as well as the environment.2 Aside from that, they also provide education and risk management input when necessary.
What does it mean to be NSF-certified?
When a manufacturing company, say a gummies manufacturer, says that it is NSF-certified it only means that (1) the company only uses FDA-approved raw materials, (2) the products produced by the said company have passed through meticulous NSF-testing for design, safety, construction, and product performance, (3) harmful chemicals will not contaminate whatever the customers consume, and (4) the products manufactured are not likely to harbor bacteria.
In short, the NSF certification provides an additional layer of protection and safety for both manufacturer and consumer. This ensures that the products sold in the market have met the standards set for public health protection. Being NSF-certified only implies that the company is very much concerned with the safety of its consumers.
Also, getting an NSF certification is not a one-time event. Being NSF-certified involves regular facility inspection and re-testing of products to make sure that they continue to meet and maintain the quality standards over time. And in case, for certain reasons, the product failed to meet one or more criteria during the retesting, NSF will immediately take action the public by recalling all products, issuing public notices, and de-certifying the manufacturer.
An NSF seal can only be displayed on products that have passed the certification put in place by NSF International. By doing this, consumers are at ease that the products they use and consume have been tested by one of the most respected independent product testing organizations in the world.
Why Choose a Manufacturer that is NSF Certified?
With the health hazards nowadays, it is best to get to know more about the manufacturers of the products that you use and sell to your consumers. The Omnium Group is committed to providing safe and quality private label, co-packing, and bulk supply services to clients located in California, particularly in Riverside and San Bernardino Valley.
Aside from being an NSF-certified manufacturer, The Omnium Group also strictly follows the FDA and GMP guidelines. Our health supplements are manufactured in our FDA-registered facilities located in Hauppauge NY.
Allow us to help you produce NSF-certified and high-quality products for your consumers. Contact us now and let us discuss how we can custom formula for your brand.
1 Who is NSF International? https://www.nsf.org/knowledge-library/who-is-nsf-international
2 What is NSF Certification. https://www.nsf.org/knowledge-library/what-is-nsf-certification