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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Birds Eye, GMOs, LG’s LCA, Building Commissioning

NSF International will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator in early 2014, offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another way to earn the Non-GMO label. The project’s verification process requires ongoing testing of major at-risk ingredients, an action threshold of 0.9 percent, traceability and segregation practices, and annual audits.

Washing machines from LG Electronics are the first in the world to be certified for the new Water Footprint Inventory being launched by UL Environment, the company announced. LG’s ultra-large-capacity WM8000HVA and WM8000HWA front-load washers have undergone a lifecycle water footprint inventory analysis, examining water use from component and packaging production, product assembly, product usage and disposal, based on ISO 14046, draft principles and guidelines for water footprinting of products, processes and organizations. UL found that the consumer use stage accounted for about 53 percent of water consumption, and pre-manufacturing about 37 percent.

ASHRAE has published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, its first standard focused on the commissioning process. Standard 202 identifies the minimum acceptable commissioning process for buildings and systems as described in ASHRAE’s Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The standard is intended to reduce the project capital cost through the warranty period and also reduce the life-cycle cost of the facility.

The Sea of Okhotsk fishery, a major source of pollock for Iglo Group, manufacturer of Birds Eye products, has received Marine Stewardship Council certification, The Grocer reports. This increases the proportion of Birds Eye products that are certified sustainable, from 25 percent to just under 70 percent.

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has added trichloroacetic acid to its list of chemicals regulated under Proposition 65, according to Shook Hardy and Bacon. The chemical is commonly used for cosmetic treatments including chemical skin peels, tattoo removal and treatment for warts, moles and skin tags.

The JW Marriott hotel in Washington, DC has achieved ISO 50001 energy management system certification, awarded by Dekra Certification. Dekra’s audit found that the hotel’s normalized energy performance improved over its baseline.

Microvi Biotechnologies has received NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification for its MicroNiche Engineered catalysts for drinking water applications including nitrate treatment, confirming the catalysts’ safety for a wide range of drinking water applications. The Water Quality Association awarded the NSF/ANSI certification through its Gold Seal Certification program.

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