Monday October 1st, 2012 - 2:22PM
NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the consumer goods, food and water industries, has certified Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker to a new protocol NSF developed to evaluate the safety and quality of home coffee makers. The Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker is the first product in this category to earn certification to the protocol, which was developed as part of the new NSF Home Product Certification Program.
The program is based on NSF’s legacy in certifying commercial food equipment. Through this program, products are thoroughly tested against a set of protocols at NSF’s laboratories. The protocols are specific to home use and incorporate all applicable product quality, performance, and FDA food contact material requirements, according to NSF.
"Consumers can now look for the ‘NSF Certified for Home Use’ mark on Mr. Coffee Coffee Makers and know that it has been evaluated by a credible 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.
NSF regulatory and public health experts worked with retailers, manufacturers and regulatory experts to develop NSF Protocol P387: Coffee Makers for Home Use, which covers electrical (drip and pour-over) coffee makers, non-electrical (French Press) coffee makers, and espresso and cappuccino machines. The protocol includes a set of testing requirements which evaluate:
• Performance (e.g. cleanability, corrosion resistance, durability)
• Material safety (e.g. does not leach harmful contaminants into food such as heavy metals, phthalates or others)
• Packaging and labeling (e.g. distributor/manufacturing location, description, quantity, usage directions, warning labels, disclaimer statements, lot number/expiry date and label claims are accurate and follow regulations)
• Conformance to all applicable US, Canadian and EU product regulations and retailer requirements
NSF International tested and certified Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker against the Protocol P387, and audited the facility in which the product was made. For earning certification, Mr. Coffee Coffee Makers will bear the NSF “Certified for Home Use” mark.
"The ‘NSF Certified for Home Use’ mark on our Mr. Coffee Coffee Makers not only communicates the safety and quality of our products to consumers, it also signals product acceptability and compliance to retail buyers,” said Tony Satcher, director of sales operations, Team Costco, Jarden Consumer Solutions. “Streamlining this process saves manufacturers time and costs associated with meeting multiple regulatory requirements while verifying product quality for retailers and suppliers."