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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Portable Fuel Cells to Meat and Poultry Processing

New York, Apr 23, 2003

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Portable Fuel Cells

With President Bush’s call for increased funding for fuel cell research in his last State of the Union Address, the developing area of technology has received increased attention from industry and private individuals, as well as the government. One group that is ahead of the game is CSA America, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, whose parent organization, CSA International, has been developing fuel cell-related standards since 1990.

One of the latest standards from CSA America is BSR/CSA FC3-200x, Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems. Currently under review to become an American National Standard, FC3-200x applies to portable indoor and/or outdoor fuel cell power systems with outputs of 600V or less. Such systems could be used to power nearly any appliance, from yard equipment to computers to lights, in a way that gas-powered generators are commonly used today. The proposed standard will supersede CSA International Requirement 3.01 US, Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems, which was the first standard of its kind when it was published in 2002. The availability of FC3-200x as a measure of the performance of fuel cell systems is certain to speed the acceptance of this new—and environmentally beneficial—technology.

To receive a copy of BSR/CSA FC3-200x, Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems, or make comments on the standard, email Allen Callahan of CSA at

Meat and Poultry Processing

NSF International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is a leading developer of standards that protect the public health and safety by focusing on food, water, indoor air and the environment. Accordingly, NSF has filled a void in the of meat and poultry processing industry with its proposed new standard BSR/NSF/3-A 14159-3, Hygiene Requirements for the Design of Mechanical Belt Conveyors used in Meat and Poultry Processing.

If adopted, NSF/3-A 14159-3 will be the first American National Standard to address mechanical belt conveyors used for meat and poultry processing. The need for such a standard was first suggested by NSF’s Joint Committee on Food Processing Equipment during the development of 14159-3’s parent standard, NSF/ANSI/3-A 14159-1, Hygiene Requirements for the Design of Meat and Poultry Processing Equipment, due to the special function of the conveyor belt. One important function of the standard will be to provide a way to ensure that belting and drive components of the conveyor can be cleaned properly. To this end a riboflavin-based fluorescent dye test, similar to other tests commonly used in the food processing industry, is included in the standard.

To receive a copy of BSR/NSF/3-A 14159-3, Hygiene Requirements for the Design of Mechanical Belt Conveyors used in Meat and Poultry Processing, or make comments on the standard, email Nick Jankowski of NSF International at

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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