The Benefits of Purchasing Certified Cookware?

Cookware Manufacturers Association

The CMA supports the NSF Home Production Certification program and urges manufacturers and retailers to support it as well. The following is an interesting article about why consumers should care about certified cookware.

NSF logoWith so many different products out on the market today, how do you know which product is the best choice to buy? Made in America. Outperforms the leading brand. Can be used on all cooking surfaces. More energy efficient. Green Product. Faster Cooktime. These are only a few of the millions of claims cookware products make daily. With all these claims out in the market, how do we know which claims are true? The easiest way to differentiate which product will meet your expectations is to see if it has a 3rd party seal of approval or a certification mark. Third party certification programs will provide you with added reassurance that someone other than the manufacturer has deemed this product “acceptable”. While this can mean many different things to many different people, a certification seal from a reputable independent certification body, like NSF International, identifies that a product meets acceptable standards for quality and performance. It also gives you reassurance that someone other than the manufacturer is validating their claims.

Most consumers only have a limited idea of what a reputable 3rd party certification is. 3rd party certification, such as NSF International’s Home Product Certification, tests products as they would be used at home. The products are tested for performance and safety. In addition to product testing, the production facilities also undergo initial and unannounced annual audits to ensure that they are producing products to the original certified specifications.   It is comforting to know that there is a watchdog making sure we receive quality products, especially with so many products being imported from all over the world.

In an age where consumers are constantly bombarded with advertisements of special claims, seeing a certification mark on a product identifies that the manufacturer is willing to go the extra mile to support the quality of their products. When trying to decide between the endless options on display shelves, most consumers like the idea of a third party verifying that the product is as good as it claims to be.   Knowing that the products you are buying has another set of eyes behind the scenes, makes the purchasing decision easier. So the next time you need to decide which product to buy, look for the one with a certification mark!