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NSF Shanghai Co., Ltd Newsletter – 2014 Quarter 1
We hope you enjoy the first issue of NSF Shanghai E-News for 2014. NSF Shanghai E-News includes the latest NSF news, tips for a better use of our Official listing and information about trade shows and seminars which NSF Shanghai will be present at. Be sure to look for our next issue in June 2014!
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John D. Graham, Ph.D. Appointed to NSF International Board of Directors
NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, has appointed John D. Graham, Ph.D., Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to its board of directors.
Dr. Graham has a distinguished record in the related fields of risk analysis, management and communication. He served for seventeen years as a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The Center is recognized globally for its work on environmental protection, injury prevention and medical technology. Earlier in his career, he served as staff associate to Chairman Howard Raiffa’s Committee on Risk and Decision Making of the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
NSF International Appoints New Director of Legislative Affairs Office in Washington, D.C.
Global public health organization NSF International has appointed Harold Chase, former Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Carl Levin, to lead NSF International’s Legislative Affairs office on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C, which focuses on providing nonpartisan expertise to legislators on important public health and safety issues related to food safety, water quality, over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drugs quality, dietary supplement safety, sustainability and environmental health.
Survey Finds Being Sick Doesn’t Keep Hard-Working Americans Out of the Workplace
Illness does not keep American workers away from the workplace according to a new survey from NSF International. The global public health and safety organization, which has done extensive research on germs in the home, recently commissioned a survey of employed Americans to understand their views on going to work sick. The survey found that one-quarter (26 percent) of American workers always go to work when they are sick and an additional one-third (34 percent) wait until they experience the full effect of their symptoms before deciding to stay home. This highlights the importance of handwashing and other prevention strategies to avoid getting sick this cold and flu season.
Nearly all American workers (94 percent) take some form of precaution when coming in contact with a sick co-worker. From washing their hands (87 percent) to using hand sanitizer (68 percent) or making an effort to avoid sitting or standing near a sick co-worker (54 percent), working Americans seem to be careful to avoid close contact with germs. Others disinfect their workspace when a sick co-worker leaves their space (44 percent), take a vitamin or supplement (39 percent) or avoid eating in or using common areas like break rooms, kitchens and cafeterias (32 percent). > Read More
NSF Water Programs
New HACCP Training Program Helps Prevent Harm From Building Water Systems
Global public health organization NSF International has launched a new Building Water Systems Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training program for water systems professionals. The training will help safeguard against microbial, chemical and physical hazards associated with premise plumbing, cooling towers and other water systems in buildings.
Training courses will be held in multiple cities across the U.S. Facility managers, water treatment, distribution and plumbing engineers, and occupational safety professionals can register here.
NSF Food Safety Program
NSF-GFTC Training Services and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Partner to Bring Certified Food Safety Course
GUELPH, Ontario – NSF-GFTC (formerly the Guelph Food Technology Centre), now part of NSF International’s Global Food Division, and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) have partnered to provide IFT’s Certified Food Scientist (CFS) preparatory course to food professionals throughout Canada. The first courses will be offered on Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 in Guelph, Ontario.
The CFS preparatory course is an elective course designed to prepare those applying for their CFS credential. This course is also valuable for those looking to update their applied scientific knowledge in a professional group setting. The CFS program is a first-of-its-kind certification for food professionals worldwide and is designed to meet the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17024 standard for personnel certification programs. > Read More
NSF Launches StaySafer™ Program to Help Hospitality Industry Prevent Food and Water Contamination
Global public health organization NSF International has launched a new program that helps hotels, resorts and other hospitality settings prevent food and water contamination. The NSF International StaySafer™ program provides the hospitality industry with a credible means to demonstrate the safety of its food and water to travelers, agencies and hotel rating websites.
The NSF StaySafer™ program combines inspection and testing for both a hotel or resort’s water systems and foodservice operations, which is essential as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 10 million overseas travelers contract illness from food and drinking water. > Read More
NSF-GFTC Hosts Safe Food Canada 2014 to Provide Strategic Insight Into Canadian Food Industry
Sessions highlighting the regulatory landscape, global food supply chains and food safety culture will help food industry professionals gain strategic insights during Safe Food Canada 2014 on February 13 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Scientific and technical experts from NSF-GFTC (formerly the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC)) will host the event where the winners of the 2014 NSF-GFTC Food Safety Awards will be announced. For more information or to register, visit the NSF-GFTC event series website. > Read More
NSF Health Science Programs
NSF International Supports Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA)
Anabolic steroids of any type in a dietary supplement are illegal – whether they are designer anabolic steroids or steroids listed on Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. Supplements containing anabolic steroids are considered adulterated, and therefore are in violation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the law that governs the supplement industry. In addition to the potentially serious health effects associated with the use or abuse of these compounds, athletes subject to drug screening can be disqualified and banned from future competition if they knowingly or unknowingly ingest adulterated supplements and test positive.
NSF International is always on the lookout for adulterated supplements in its NSF Certified for Sport® Program that screens for nearly 200 banned substances – including anabolic steroids – as part of its quality and safety certification program. The program is built on the elements of NSF/ANSI Standard 173: Dietary Supplement, which confirms what’s on the label is in the product and no harmful contaminants are present. The NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA, LPGA, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the New York City Police Department all rely on this NSF program, and this newly proposed law – DASCA – should help reduce the number of illegal supplements on the market.
NSF International Addresses Cosmetics Safety and Quality Concerns With New Program
Global public health organization NSF International has launched the NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program in response to growing concerns from consumers and retailers regarding adulteration, mislabeling and counterfeiting issues. The new program provides auditing, training, product testing and certification services developed by NSF to enable manufacturers to improve the quality and safety of their products and retailers to strengthen the oversight of their cosmetic and personal care suppliers.
The NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program addresses the needs raised by new legislation, retailer-prohibited chemical lists and manufacturing-related quality issues which have driven rapid changes to the $300 billion global cosmetics and toiletries market. Consumer safety concerns also have fueled this need. In fact, a recent independent study conducted on behalf of NSF found that 48 percent of consumers are concerned about the quality and safety of personal care products. > Read More
NSF International Acquires Auditing Arm of IPEC-Americas
NSF International, a global public health organization, has acquired the auditing subsidiary of the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council of the Americas (IPEC-Americas): IPEA. These audits are important as U.S. and European regulations, and pending regulations in Brazil and China, require excipients to be safe, functional and to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements. As a result of the acquisition, NSF-IPEA now can provide expedited excipient auditing and certification as part of NSF’s Health Sciences Pharma Biotech Division and clients can also obtain bundled excipient, food additive and dietary supplement ingredient audits from NSF.
As the only excipient GMP certification program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NSF-IPEA offers third-party audits based on IPEC – PQG Good Manufacturing Practices Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients and excipient GMP certification. > Read More
NSF Cosmetic and Personal Care Program
Partnership with David C. Steinberg Expands New NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program
Following the launch of its Cosmetics and Personal Care Program, global public health organization NSF International has partnered with David C. Steinberg to further expand regulatory compliance and consulting services for the cosmetics and personal care industries. David C. Steinberg is a widely respected cosmetic industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in the cosmetics and over-the-counter (OTC) industries.
The recently launched NSF Cosmetics and Personal Care Program provides auditing, product testing and certification, training and regulatory compliance services developed by NSF to enable manufacturers to improve the quality and safety of their products and retailers to strengthen the oversight of their cosmetic and personal care suppliers. > Read More
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