Five-star rating confirms NSF's reputation as a leading certifier to global food safety standards for more than 28,000 farms and facilities and 66-year commitment to food safety

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International's Food Safety Division has earned the highest rating from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), developer of the BRC global food safety standards for food, packaging, storage and distribution. This excellent five-star rating confirms NSF's reputation as a leading certifier to the global food safety standards, having certified more than 28,000 farms and facilities worldwide.

NSF International is committed to helping companies throughout the global food supply chain strengthen their quality assurance programs. In 2009, NSF became the first North American certification body to earn ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accreditation for BRC standards and has become the largest certifier to BRC worldwide and SQF in the U.S. Many of the leading global retail and foodservice companies now require certification of their suppliers against these Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)*-benchmarked standards to help strengthen food safety practices.

For the first time, BRC published the key performance indicators (KPI) ratings of each certification body from January to June 2011 in their directory, which highlights NSF International's five-star rating. The BRC measures each certification body on the following KPIs every six months: Audit Report Writing Quality, Compliance to the BRC Scheme & Standard Protocol Requirements, Auditor Registration, Data Submission, Commitment and Communication.

"BRC works closely with our certification bodies to ensure the most effective and consistent use of the BRC Global Standards," said John Kukoly, Senior Technical Marketing Representative in North America for BRC. "A rigorous set of key performance indicators are used to measure feedback and continually improve the performance of our partners in assessing certified companies. These measures, the most rigorous in the industry, ensure that those certification bodies (able to perform BRC certification audits) are held to exacting expectations and standards themselves. When a certification body receives a five-star rating, such as NSF International, this puts them at the very top performance level within the BRC program."

"NSF International has grown into the largest certifier to BRC worldwide, and SQF in the U.S., because we've continued to focus on quality and meeting the expectations of our customers, accreditation bodies and standard's owners," said Robert Prevendar, Director of Food Safety Certification Systems for NSF International. "I am very proud of our auditors and operations team for placing us in the top five percent with our score of 100, which helps us fulfill NSF's mission of protecting and improving human health worldwide."

For more information visit NSF’s Global Food Safety webpage or contact Helen Gipple at foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org or 734-827-6845.

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF offers certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked* food safety standards, such as British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). These global food safety certification systems promote consistency across the supply chain and provide independent certification that a product, process, or service complies with international, regulatory, and other specified standards.

NSF's Global Food Safety Division

Services offered by NSF's Global Food Safety Division include: foodservice equipment certification; food safety auditing and certification for the produce, agriculture, poultry, egg and livestock industry; consulting & technical services; Global Food Safety Standards certification (SQF, BRC, GlobalGAP, FSSC 22K, IFS); restaurant and supermarket food safety; seafood testing and auditing, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Aquaculture Certification Council (BAP ACC) certification, HACCP validation and inspection, bottled water/flavored beverage quality certification; organic and gluten-free certification, and education and training.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification, drinking water certification and safety audits, management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001); and sustainable business solutions.

* The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an independent non-profit foundation managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, was founded in 2000.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Phone: 734.913.5723
E-mail: houlahan@nsf.org