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For a Cleaner Kitchen, Consumers Look to Standards and Conformity Assessment

New York, Feb 05, 2008

With an estimated one in three people sickened each year by food-borne bacteria, most Americans are all too familiar with the symptoms of food poisoning. Though the illness is usually mild and resolves within a few days, taking a few simple precautions in the kitchen can help keep consumers healthy.

Several standards guide the development of products and appliances that help consumers keep their kitchens clean.

Many home cooks use pre-moistened, commercially available cleaning cloths to disinfect sinks and countertops. A standard from ASTM International, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), helps ensure the effectiveness of these common cleaning tools. ASTM E2362-04, Standard Practice for Evaluation of Pre-saturated or Impregnated Towelettes for Hard Surface Disinfection, evaluates the antimicrobial activity of pre-moistened cloths, aiding manufacturers in the development of products that will help consumers prevent cross-contamination in their kitchens.

Cook's Illustrated and MSNBC Talk Standards

A recent Cook’s Illustrated article on advises consumers to turn to standards and conformity assessment to ensure the optimal performance of their kitchen appliances.

Entitled “Simple tips for a safer, cleaner kitchen,” the article recommends purchasing a dishwasher that is certified to NSF/ANSI 184.

In order to properly sanitize dishes and prevent bacterial growth, the water temperature inside a dishwasher should reach 160 degrees. An American National Standard from NSF International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, covers public health requirements for residential dishwashing appliances. NSF/ANSI 184-2003 provides methodology and evaluation criteria to ensure that dishwashers clean and sanitize dishes to assist in preventing food-borne illness.

NSF’s ANSI-accredited Kitchen Products Certification Program provides testing, certification, and production facility audits to verify conformance to NSF residential equipment sanitation standards such as NSF/ANSI 184. NSF certification demonstrates to regulatory officials, retailers, and consumers that kitchen appliances and products demonstrate the highest level of integrity, quality, and acceptance.

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