NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., recently received British Retail Consortium and Safe Quality Food accreditations from the American National Standards Institute.

NSF International is believed to be the first organization in North America  to obtain both accreditations, according to a release from NSF.

The accreditation from ANSI expands the scope of NSF’s global food safety initiative, enabling the not-for-profit certification and food standard-bearer to help more companies throughout the food supply chain strengthen their quality assurance programs.

Adding the British Retail Consortium standard accreditation through ANSI enables NSF to provide clients with the food safety certification services needed to compete in today’s global marketplace, according to the release.

The Safe Quality Food accreditation is designed to provide certification that food safety and quality management systems comply with international and domestic food safety regulations.

“NSF has trained over 38 new auditors to BRC and SQF over the last 18 months and is now in the unique position to offer audits a few weeks out rather than several months out,” Tom Chestnut, vice president of supply chain food safety and quality for NSF, said in the release.