Sanitary NSF Pumps: What Is The Certification

Sanitary NSF Pumps for food processing, beverage production and potable drinking water.

Sanitary NSF Pumps for food processing, beverage production and potable drinking water. These include food grade sanitary pumps for oils, honey, milk, beer potable water, extracts, paste and more. The term sanitary NSF is often confused or misused. It means different levels of cleanliness or cleanability to different people. Sometimes referred to as FDA approved or complaint and 3A approved, NSF / ANSI certified. Depending on the level needed the prices can vary greatly.

Pumps For Potable Water & Other Foods

Most users of a Food Grade sanitary pump simply need it to be made of Stainless Steel and other non-hazardous materials. Some need them to be easy to clean and have "Tri" clamp connections. While the most stringent sanitary pumps with FDA or 3A approval are ones which can easily be taken apart and completely cleaned and sanitized. Some of the potable water pumps are available with a gasoline engine. NSF portable water pumps.

NSF Standard 61 approval, which provides assurance that health protection exists for covered products in contact with drinking water, and are certified to meet or exceed the safety standards set forth in the low-lead requirements of the 2014 U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.

NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water Components-Health Effects (NSF 61). First published in 1988, NSF 61 established the requirements to control adverse human health effects from potentially dangerous products or materials that may come into contact with drinking water. The words “certified” and “compliant” mean two very different things when relating to NSF 61.

Certified Food Safe Pumps

Certification is only attained through extensive third-party product testing. Products claiming to be compliant are more than likely making this claim based on their own assessment, which may or may not be valid. Common compliance language includes: “Compliant with NSF 61”, “Tested to the requirements of NSF 61”, or “Meets the requirements of NSF 61”. While striving to meet the standards of NSF 61, only products that have been independently tested and are consistently evaluated can truly claim certification. CSA NSF/ANSI 61 is one such logo of certification.

Developed by a team of scientists and industry experts, NSF 61 sets the material and design criteria for water components including protective barrier materials, joining and sealing materials, mechanical devices, pipes and related products, plumbing devices, process media, and non-metallic water materials.

These Electric series of pumps are NSF certified for potable drinking water: Electric JEU, ACDU, 3U, 2CDXU ; Gas portable IPW2

In summary, lots of pumps are referred to as being for drinking water or potable water, BUT unless they state “NSF certified” and have the logo label on the pump, they are not. Most water pump applications for public applications (firefighters camp, disaster relief) require NSF Certified.

NSF International is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization and is considered the world leader in standards development, product certification, education and risk management for public health and safety. Founded in 1944 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, NSF International services manufacturers operating in 80 countries.