Thursday, October 18, 2018
 3-A SSI Announces Probationary List Update  

3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announces new public information on the probationary status of a current 3-A Symbol licensee.  The new Probationary List was introduced in early 2010 to assist regulatory sanitarians, processors, equipment fabricators, and other interested parties. 

The Probationary List was added to other public information on 3-A Symbol holders to disclose information on any licensee that is responsible for a finding of non-conformance to certain provisions of a 3-A Sanitary Standard for which the company holds 3-A Symbol authorization, including the company name and the specific type and model of equipment.  According to Tim Rugh, “The Probationary List is not intended to penalize the licensee, but to help inform all concerned parties that the licensee is addressing specific issues it has acknowledged require correction.”  The licensee remains in this status until a plan for corrective action is completed and verified by third party inspection.

3-A SSI maintains public information on 3-A Symbol licensees at, including current and discontinued licensees and the new Probationary List.  The public information is important because it shows all equipment conforms to 3-A Sanitary Standards for dairy and food processing equipment and meets provisions of the 3-A Symbol program.  The discontinued symbol holders list shows the reason for discontinuation, such as the equipment is no longer in production, the equipment was consolidated in another 3-A Symbol authorization resulting from a change in company ownership, or the failure of the holder to maintain the authorization in accordance with the terms and conditions for use of the 3-A Symbol.

Since 1956, the 3-A Symbol has been used to identify equipment that meets 3-A Sanitary Standards for design and fabrication.  Voluntary use of the 3-A Symbol on dairy and food equipment assures processors that equipment meets sanitary standards, provides accepted criteria to equipment manufacturers for sanitary design, and establishes guidelines for uniform evaluation and compliance by sanitarians.

Source: 3-A Symbol News Release

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