Do I Need NSF-Rated Equipment?

What NSF Ratings Mean to You and Your Business

What is NSF?

Founded in 1944, NSF international is a non-for-profit organization that serves to develop consistent national standards for food safety. When a product is NSF certified this ensures that the product has been tested by one of the most respected organizations in the food service industry. Through rigorous testing and regulating, scientists, engineers, and health professionals have helped NSF develop more than 90 public health and safety standards, as well as 30 protocols for appliances and food equipment.

Any item or piece of equipment that has been tried and tested bears the NSF mark. This mark ensures that the product has been tested by one of the most respected organizations in the food safety field.

What does this mean for you?

Satisfaction. Having NSF-approved equipment means trust and satisfaction that you’re cooking on or with the safest and most sanitary equipment possible. NSF requires the most specified certification and is so widespread that just about every new kitchen or restaurant will require NSF-certified products.

Health Codes. Depending on your local health codes, certain pieces of equipment will most likely need to be NSF certified. Without the proper equipment, you could face large fines and have to replace or remodel your kitchen to meet proper regulations. Because of this, you could potentially lose customers and business! This is why it is vital to check your local health regulations, as well as your insurance policy before purchasing equipment.

What to do?

  • Check your local health regulations. Do research!
  • NSF lists their food and other equipment standards on their website. Read up and see what you should know about standards for food equipment, commercial ware washing equipment, commercial cooking and powered hot food holding and transport equipment, commercial refrigeration and freezers, automatic ice making equipment, etc.
  • By purchasing NSF-certified equipment you are promoting food safety throughout your business while meeting many health code requirements.

What Gator Chef can do.

At Gator Chef, we believe food safety comes first. Because of this we offer a wide variety of items and equipment that are NSF certified. This includes restaurant equipment, kitchen supplies, janitorial supplies, dining room smallwares, and more. To outfit your restaurant with NSF-certified equipment, check out what Gator Chef has to offer: NSF rated Work Tables, NSF rated Equipment Stands, NSF rated Racks & Shelving, and more NSF rated supplies!

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