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With food safety at the forefront of many consumers’ minds, food handling and processing organizations worldwide are turning to voluntary consensus standards to help them safely handle, process and store food products.
The American National Standard covers equipment such as bakery, cafeteria, kitchen and pantry units, as well as other food handling and processing equipment, such as tables and components, counters, hoods, shelves, and sinks. This document does not restrict new unit design, provided that such design meets the standard’s minimum specifications.
Section 7 of the standard addresses food handling and processing equipment that has been designed and manufactured with a security package, to be utilized in environments where both sanitation and security are concerns, such as correctional facilities, mental health facilities, and some schools.
An ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization and a “third-party” provider of certification services dedicated to public health safety and protection of the environment.