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ANSI to Develop Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies of Food Protection Managers

New York, Jun 17, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) have entered into a cooperative agreement regarding the accreditation of certification bodies responsible for ensuring food safety in all establishments serving or providing food to the public. Signed on May 28, the agreement assigns ANSI responsibility for the development and implementation of an Accreditation Program for bodies that certify Food Protection Managers; the program will be administered in accordance with Accreditation Standards established by the CFP.

"A nationally recognized certification program for Certified Food Protection Managers will lead to enhanced consumer protection, improve the overall level of food safety and build a seamless national food safety system," said Trevor Hayes, executive secretary of the CFP.

Certified Food Protection Managers are accountable for the development, implementation and enforcement of specific policies, procedures, or standards aimed at preventing food borne illness. Specifically, they are responsible for the identification of hazards, supervising or directing food preparation activities, coordinating training and taking corrective action as needed to protect the health of the consumer.

"ANSI is very pleased that the Conference for Food Protection has selected us to administer the Food Protection Manager accreditation program," said Dr. Roy Swift, director of ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation program. "It is evident that this program is enhancing the safety of the American food supply and we are proud to be associated with this effort."

About ANSI

ANSI is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization system.

About CFP

The Conference for Food Protection is a non-profit organization that originated in 1971 and was designed to provide a representative and equitable partnership among regulators, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumers to identify problems, formulate recommendations, and develop and implement practices that ensure food safety.

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