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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Vending Machines to Recreational Vehicle Cooking Gas Appliances

New York, Aug 14, 2007

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:

Vending Machines
From gumballs and potato chips to ice cream and hot coffee, consumers have relied on vending machines for a convenient snack or refreshing drink for more than one hundred years. A newly revised American National Standard from NSF International helps to satisfy even our most severe snack attack by ensuring that these handy treats remain fresh and untainted from potential outside contaminants.

ANSI/NSF 25-2007, Vending machines for food and beverages, establishes minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for materials, design, construction, and performance. The standard’s specifications are intended to protect food from contamination and to ensure that all construction materials resist wear, vermin, and the effects of heat, sanitizers, and other substances that may come into contact with the machines. The document covers both machines that distribute single servings of packaged food and beverages, as well as those that vend in bulk.

Vending machines have gone through significant changes over the decades, with some still evolving to take credit cards and to use wireless technology to authenticate payments. ANSI/NSF 25 is not intended to restrict new design, but allows the use of alternative materials, design, or construction, provided that all applicable requirements are met. The standard was prepared by the NSF Joint Committee on Food Equipment in accordance with ANSI’s consensus process.

Recreational Vehicle Cooking Gas Appliances
With moderating temperatures and changing colors, late summer and early fall are prime times for camping and outdoor fun. But for those of us who are not quite ready to give up the luxuries of indoor living, recreational vehicles offer an easy compromise. A newly published standard from ANSI member CSA America helps to bring culinary capabilities to even the most remote campground.

ANSI Z21.57a-2007, Recreational Vehicle Cooking Gas Appliances, defines test and examination criteria for recreational vehicle cooking gas appliances used for broiling, oven or stove top cooking. Specifically, the standard outlines criteria for appliances using liquefied petroleum (LP) gases or natural gas converted for use with LP gases.

CSA America serves as the secretariat to the ANSI-accredited standards committee Z21/83 on Performance and Installation of Gas Burning Appliances and Related Accessories. The Z21/83 program covers the development of natural and propane gas appliance standards for residential, commercial and light industrial use.

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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