In 1988, UL offered its first food sanitation certification for an ice cream freezer. It is from those humble beginnings that this year, UL proudly celebrates its 30th year of assessing and certifying the sanitary design and construction of commercial food equipment.
The symbol for UL’s foodservice equipment sanitation services is the UL EPH Mark, which may be displayed in one of two ways:
• UL EPH Listed – Typically used for products complying with UL’s own published environmental and public health Standards for Safety.
• UL EPH Classified – Used for products complying with NSF/ANSI standards and other food equipment hygiene codes and requirements.
For foodservice equipment in the USA, Section 4-205.10 of the 2009 FDA Food Code contains the following statement in a section titled Acceptability: “FOOD EQUIPMENT that is certified or classified for sanitation by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited certification program is deemed to comply with Parts 4-1 and 4-2 of this chapter.” The UL Foodservice Equipment Sanitation Program is accredited by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), which demonstrates that a product has been evaluated to requirements for environmental health and sanitation. As a result, the UL EPH Mark is recognized and accepted by regulatory authorities and customers throughout the USA and in Canada.
Beginning with a single ice cream freezer, the UL EPH Mark now appears on thousands of products, used by the largest food retailers and foodservice establishments in the business. Attributable to the support of our customers and UL’s outreach activities, there is no known jurisdiction that does not accept UL’s EPH mark.
UL looks forward to supporting the commercial food equipment and foodservice industries for the next 30 years. For more information about the UL EPH Mark, contact Jonathan Brania at +1.919.549.1768, or [email protected]