Food Safety and Quality, Products and Equipment, AAFS


Food products, packaging, equipment, utensils, and the constituent components and materials of each are investigated for food safety and quality. Included are:

Food service equipment, utensils, components and materials intended for use in commercial food service establishments, such as restaurants, retail markets, schools, hospitals and other institutional food service facilities, banquet, other large food service operations, processing plants, etc.
Equipment intended for preparing, or otherwise handling, meat or poultry products or ingredients thereof, in facilities regulated under the USDA Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

These products are authorized to use the UL EPH Mark, often referred to as UL's "Sanitation" Mark, when found to be in compliance with UL's EPH food safety and sanitation requirements.

Also included is:

Bottled water packaged as a food product intended for distribution and consumption within the U.S.

Bottled water products are authorized to use the UL Certified Water Quality Mark when found to be in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements and UL's supplemental requirements.


The scope of food equipment models and sizes appearing in the Guide Information for some product categories is intended to indicate the current range of certified products; however, it is not necessarily indicative of limitations for those certified products. The standards used to investigate products are identified in the general Guide Information for each product category.

American National Standards are used to certify commercial food service equipment products for the UL EPH Mark (Sanitation). UL Standards, as well as those of other organizations, are also used to certify food equipment products and bottled water when American National Standards are not applicable or available. Such usage is limited to standards containing requirements consistent with appropriate quality, sanitation and health effects practice and that are generally recognized by public health regulatory officials.

When there is not a published standard for investigating a product to determine its acceptability for Food Safety certification, UL will exercise its judgment in the selection of applicable requirements from related standards and other sources to develop the requirements to cover uses and conditions for which specific requirements did not previously exist.


The limitations for food equipment as specified in the general Guide Information for each product category such as ambient temperature usage, markings, special descriptions and installation provisions should be noted prior to installation and use.

Food equipment has been investigated with reference to environmental and public health effects influencing foodborne illness and for conformity to the installation and use provisions of applicable environmental and public health requirements, if so indicated in the general Guide Information for each product category.

These products are intended for installation subject to approval by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Authorities Having Jurisdiction should be consulted before installation.


These products are intended to be used and/or installed in accordance with the installation instructions provided with the product. It is critical that the cautionary statements, use, installation and operating instructions on the product, packaging, and in accompanying literature be followed.


An authorized use of the UL Mark/UL EPH Mark is the manufacturer's declaration that a product was manufactured in accordance with the applicable food safety requirements, and was in compliance with those requirements when it was shipped from the factory. When a product bearing a UL Mark/UL EPH Mark is modified or rebuilt (including being refurbished, remanufactured, reconditioned or renovated) after it leaves the factory where the UL Mark/UL EPH Mark was applied, UL does not know if the product continues to meet the applicable requirements unless the modification or rebuilding has been specifically investigated by UL. The only exception to this is for UL Field Evaluated Products. For products identified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, owner, or other regulatory body as being acceptable to evaluate after installation or otherwise outside of the manufacturer's location, UL's Field Evaluation program addresses investigation to applicable product requirements based on the specific application and use location for the particular equipment. The specific equipment investigated under this program bears the UL Field Evaluation label.

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Last Updated on 2017-09-11
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