NSF, a leading global public health and safety organisation, has registered the first two companies to its HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), Verification Programme in India. Bharat Overseas and LL Manufacturing LLP, both of which are food equipment manufacturers based in India, have verified that their equipment is compliant with food safety best practices and requirements.
Chaand Bakshi, owner of Bharat Overseas, a company that manufacturers Tandoors and grills, said, “NSF is valued by consumers, retailers, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies worldwide, and with the HCV India mark we can demonstrate that the food safety aspects and hygienic quality of our products have been independently verified. We look forward to leveraging this registration to grow our domestic sales and expand beyond India.”
HACCP is the preferred method of protecting the public against food safety hazards in equipment. NSF’s HCV India programme helps food equipment manufacturers to reduce food safety risks while supporting food service operations and their customers. To achieve registration, NSF reviews the equipment’s food contact materials, cleanability and performance. These checks help to minimise risks such as food contamination, food poisoning and an unhygienic environment.
Jyoti Bhasin, managing director of APAC and ME, Global Food Safety Division, NSF, said, “The HCV India registration provides credible validation to manufacturers, demonstrating that their food equipment is suitable for use in a HACCP-controlled environment. We are excited to launch our HCV programme in India with these two companies, and hope that others will join them in supporting hygienic design and food safety in commercial environments.”
NSF launched the HCV programme in Europe in 2016 to address HACCP and European food contact material requirements. In 2022, NSF began offering the programme in India, allowing manufacturers who want to sell equipment in the Indian market to demonstrate hygienic design.
Ashish Sanghavi, director of LL Equipment & Machines Pvt. Ltd, a leading manufacturer and distributor of commercial food equipment, said, “By successfully registering in NSF’s HCV India programme, we have received validation from an independent third party that our equipment is safer to use in commercial kitchens while meeting industry best practices and regulatory standards. In turn, we are able to build trust from our clients and their consumers – all while protecting their health and safety.”