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Essential health and safety requirements for certain categories of machinery

Where machinery is intended to prepare and process foodstuffs, (e.g. cooking, refrigeration, thawing, washing, handling, packaging, storage, transport or distribution), it must be so designed and constructed as to avoid any risk of infection, sickness or contagion, and the following hygiene rules must be observed: Materials in contact, or intended to come into contact, with the... go to >> Essential health and safety requirements for certain categories of machinery


This company was founded in Michigan, USA, in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation. The associated National Sanitation Foundation Testing Laboratory (NSFTL) was then established in 1952. The NSF is a company which has no legislative powers and, just like a foundation, has the structure of a non-profit organization. It is recognized by the ANSI (American National Standards... go to >> NSF


3-A was founded in the USA in 1920 as a non-profit organization from three dairy-related organizations, in order to produce standards for dairy equipment and systems. The aim of these standards is to ensure product quality and protect the health of consumers. International Association Food Industry Suppliers (IAFIS) International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Milk... go to >> 3-A

International Food Standard, IFS

Objective: "…to provide customers with a comprehensive picture of the strengths and weaknesses of suppliers." The IFS was developed by marketing chains which, due to the sale of commercial brands (private labels, grey products, etc.), had reached a situation where they could legally act as food manufacturers. In 2004, for example, commercial brands accounted for 20% of the... go to >> International Food Standard, IFS

Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius was created in 1963 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It is currently accepted by 165 countries. Definitions for food safety The objective is to define a basis for food safety, which facilitates fair international trade. The known international standards were coordinated for this purpose. Either as law... go to >> Codex Alimentarius