ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International has appointed Valbona Malo as the new global business manager for the Beverage Quality Program and updated evaluation criteria for that program, according to a press release.

The program provides testing and certification of packaged beverages, as well as bottled water, packaged ice and flavored beverages to verify compliance with national and global standards, noted the release.

The evaluation criteria are now more risk-based and support GFSI standards, FSMA requirements and HACCP, the release reported.

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According to the release, NSF International will now offer bundled audits so that when a GFSI audit is undertaken, the product certification requirements can be covered during the same visit, resulting in time and cost savings for beverage manufacturers, and an additional certification focusing on the environmental stewardship of a bottler’s source water is also an option.

Malo has extensive specialist experience in beverage quality, continued the release, and serves as Chairman of Education & Audit Committee of Watercoolers Europe, represents NSF for the European Federation of Bottled Water and is a member of Audit Committee of European Ice Packaging Association.