Spartan Stores Becomes NSF Food Safety Certified

NSF International yesterday announced that Spartan Stores has become the largest chain in the United States to receive NSF Shop Fresh certification, a program that integrates microbial sampling, regular on-site inspections and voluntary, unannounced audits in an effort to prevent and reduce food-related risks while improving food shelf life.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — NSF International yesterday announced that Spartan Stores here has become the largest chain in the United States to receive NSF Shop Fresh certification, a program that integrates microbial sampling, regular on-site inspections and voluntary, unannounced audits in an effort to prevent and reduce food-related risks while improving food shelf life. “The NSF microbial reports provide Spartan Stores with a means to view the invisible,” said Chuck Behrend, food safety director for Spartan Stores. “These reports have created a heightened sense of awareness on behalf of the store associates and provide a sense of assurance to our valued customers that the food they purchase is the freshest, safest available.” All Spartan locations, including Glen’s Markets, Family Fare Supermarkets and D&W Fresh Markets, are certified and will have a certified food manager working during every shift when food is being prepared or served.

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