A new HACCP compliance verification service is set to make it easier for groups such as care homes to identify food safe equipment for their kitchens.
Prior to the launch of HCV EU by certification specialist NSF, the European market had no compliance programme to cover the hygienic quality of commercial food equipment.
Compliance to HCV EU enables manufacturers to demonstrate their commitment to food safety and the highest standards of quality.
HCV EU also offers buyers the ability to define basic food safety principles and translate them into equipment requirements.
Specifiers can then check for these requirements that cover hygienic quality when buying and selecting commercial food equipment. This helps to minimise risks such as food contamination, food poisoning and an unhygienic environment, thus protecting their brands.
“All groups are looking for ways to demonstrate and verify compliance with HACCP principles as well as European legislation and guidelines,” said Ann Willems, unit manager for food equipment Europe at NSF International. “NSF International’s HCV EU verification now provides these companies the ability to demonstrate their commitment to food safety.”
NSF International based the HCV EU program on the existing European legislation and regulations such as EC 1935/2004 for food contact materials and EN 1672-2, the European standard that establishes a general code of practice for cleanable design.
These programs, along with HACCP principles and NSF International’s knowledge of food safety, enabled the development of a risk-based approach to verify the design and cleanability aspects of commercial food equipment.
Specifiers can work with NSF International to develop specifications for hygienically safe equipment and, when selecting and buying equipment, rely on a verification and registration service to make sure these requirements are met.
HCV EU will offer a public online listing of registered equipment, showing which aspects are covered by the compliance verification.