Intertek Adapts NSF/ANSI 8-2012 Standard for Bizerba’s Fully Automatic Slicing Machines

  Intertek Adapts NSF/ANSI 8-2012 Standard for Bizerba’s Fully Automatic
  Slicing Machines

Bizerba slicers VS12 and A400 certified to US hygiene requirements

Business Wire

KAUFBEUREN, Germany & CHICAGO -- July 17, 2013

Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has
completed a project with Bizerba, a worldwide leader of weighing, labeling,
and food processing equipment, to adapt the NSF/ANSI 8-2012 hygiene standard
for fully automatic slicing machines.

The project was initially for Intertek to test and certify Bizerba’s fully
automatic slicing machines VS12 (counter retail) and A400 (preparation room
retail) to the applicable hygiene standard at that time, NSF/ANSI 8-2010. The
testing regimen evolved to eventually include the updated standard, NSF/ANSI
8-2012, and as of May 2013 both product lines bear the "Intertek ETL
Sanitation Listed Mark". This makes Bizerba’s fully automatic machines, which
are used throughout the food industry, the world’s first to be certified to
NSF/ANSI 8-2012 - a strict standard originally specified for manual slicing

The challenge of the product certification, driven by project groups from
Intertek and Bizerba in Germany and the USA, was to design the complex and
fully-automated cutting systems in the simplest possible functional and
efficient construction. Particular emphasis was placed on ease of cleaning to
allow maximum hygiene in daily operation. Other requirements included
standardized hygienic operation of the product lines, specified outflow for
juices of sliced item, avoiding undercuts or joints, and the sealing of
complex components to unavoidable joints.

Particular emphasis in the design and testing of systems to comply with
NSF/ANSI 8-2012 was placed on identical slice management, which guarantees the
simple operation of all machines from both product lines. The teams paid
special attention to the system components that contact the items to be sliced
and the juices from the sliced items (food zone), as well as the trough,
support, and the mount for the items to be sliced. The minimum inclination of
the slicing machine significantly affects the desired operation and flow of
juices from the items sliced. Instead of corners and angles, radii were
designed, joints avoided by component modification, gaps eliminated by the use
of solid materials, and unavoidable gaps and joints were properly sealed.
Parts that come into contact with items to be sliced - such as the carriage,
support and grinder - can easily be disassembled and quickly and easily
cleaned in the dishwasher.

With the "ETL Sanitation" certification, Intertek confirms that Bizerba’s
fully automatic product lines VS12 and A400 fulfill all the relevant hygiene
requirements of NSF/ANSI 8-2012. The systems meet the highest hygiene
standards on the market to reduce food hygiene risks as well as minimize
cleaning times.

About Intertek
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Derek Silva, 978-263-2662
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