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 3-A SSI Announces New Information on 3-A Symbol Holders  

3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announces new public information on current 3-A Symbol holders to assist regulatory sanitarians, processors, equipment fabricators, and other interested parties.  Along with a list of authorized 3-A Symbol licensees for 2010, 3-A SSI posted the first licensee information on a new Probationary List.

“The public data on 3-A Symbol licensees is more valuable today than ever for inspection authorities, equipment fabricators and users,” according to 3-A SSI Executive Director Tim Rugh.  “Recognition and demand for the 3-A Symbol have grown in step with the need to know that equipment conforms to the appropriate 3-A Sanitary Standards, and the 3-A Symbol conveys this assurance, ” he said. 

New this year, a Probationary List was recently added to disclose information on any licensee that is responsible for a finding of non-conformance, 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.

The value of the 3-A Symbol in the marketplace was enhanced by the Third Party Verification (TPV) inspection requirement instituted in 2003 as a requirement for 3-A Symbol authorization.  The TPV requirement moved 3-A Symbol authorization away from an era of self-certification.  Between 2003 and the end of 2007, approximately 520 TPV inspections were completed for equipment fabricated in the U.S. and 22 other countries around the world, according to 3-A SSI.  The inspections must be renewed every five years to maintain a 3-A Symbol authorization, whenever equipment non-conformance is found, or if there is a significant change in materials or manufacturing processes. 

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.

The public information on 3-A Symbol licensees is important public information because it shows all equipment that conforms to 3-A Sanitary Standards for dairy and food processing equipment and meets provisions of the 3-A Symbol program.  Maintained on the 3-A SSI web site at, the lists include current and discontinued licensees and the new Probationary List.  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.

Source: 3-A Press Release

Contact: Timothy R. Rugh, CAE

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