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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2010, Posted On: 11/7/2010

NSF Becomes Energy Star Certifier

Emily Jed
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ANN ARBOR, MI -- NSF International has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a certification body and laboratory for EPA's Energy Star program. NSF can now provide foodservice equipment manufacturers -- including vending machine producers -- a "one-stop shop" for energy efficiency testing, sanitation testing and certification.

Starting Dec. 31, all companies seeking Energy Star qualification must have their products tested in and the results certified by an EPA-recognized laboratory such as NSF International to ensure compliance.

Energy Star, a joint program administered by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, encourages the use of energy-efficient products and practices. NSF International is a not-for-profit public health and safety organization that has developed foodservice equipment sanitation standards and certification programs for more than 65 years.

As an EPA-recognized laboratory and certification body, NSF can now offer combined Energy Star energy efficiency and NSF sanitation certification for foodservice equipment manufacturers.

NSF International tests and certifies a wide range of commercial foodservice equipment for sanitation, and can now add Energy Star testing for appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators and/or freezers and water coolers); refrigerated beverage vending machines (including rebuilt); and commercial foodservice equipment (dishwashers, fryers, griddles, hot food holding cabinets, ice machines, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and steam cookers).

Additionally, the EPA designation allows NSF to accept test data from other EPA-recognized labs to certify other products as Energy Star qualified.

Appliances meeting all Energy Star energy efficiency requirements and NSF sanitation certification requirements can bear both the Energy Star and NSF logos. Energy Star-qualified products will be listed on the Energy Star site, and all NSF-certified products will appear on NSF's online listings.

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