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NSF: it means different things depending on whether you’re texting, Snapchatting, talking to a bank... or, to your health inspector. In that case, it stands for National Sanitation Foundation. When it’s followed by the word ‘certification’ you should pay close attention! Find out why, below.
It’s the time of year when kids start anticipating that last bell of the year, signaling months of summer fun and freedom. But, for tens of thousands of children when school ends, hunger begins. This month we put an apple on our Giving Tree for the All Faiths Food Bank which works to end child hunger.
FN Newsletter Editor
What NSF Certified Means To Your Mobile Food Business
By Richard Myrick for Mobile Cuisine
Depending on your local health regulations, certain pieces of equipment must be NSF certified for your food truck to pass health inspection. As an example, the countertop in your home kitchen would not typically pass NSF as it can’t be sanitized as effectively as stainless steel.
If you think you want to operate your food truck kitchen without NSF rated equipment and you are caught, you could face huge fines and in some case may even have to remodel and replace the pieces found inadequate. If you need to replace your interior workspaces or appliances this will typically require downtime, and thus you’ll lose revenue and potentially customers if the non-compliance gets publicized.
Using non-NSF certified equipment will also affect your insurance coverage. If you add a piece of restaurant equipment that doesn’t meet commercial guidelines, any accidents, fires, or loss resulting from that item, and in some cases even the presence of that item in your kitchen, can void your insurance policy.
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Over the last five years, the All Faiths Food Bank 'Campaign Against Summer Hunger' has become one of the strongest lines of defense against child hunger in two Florida counties. Last year, the campaign provided nearly 36,000 children with almost 3 million meals!
Our IT Guru, Richard, chose the non-profit to receive a portion of Festivalnet.com’s gross profits this month.
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