Congratulations to Valbona Malo – now NSF International Global Business Manager

April 16, 2014

Valbona Malo has been appointed NSF Global Business Manager for the NSF beverage quality program. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Valbona has extensive specialist experience in beverage quality. She serves as Chairman of the WE Education & Audit Committee, represents NSF for the European Federation of Bottled Water and is a member of Audit Committee of European Ice Packaging Association.

The NSF program provides testing and certification of bottled water and other packaged beverages and ice, to verify compliance with national and global standards (eg US FDA, EU, WHO etc).

Its evaluation criteria have been recently updated.  These are now more risk-based and support Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards,  the US FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements and HACCP. 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. An additional certification focusing on the environmental stewardship of a bottler’s source water is also an option.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform the US food safety laws in more than 70 years and was signed into law by President Obama on 4 January 2011. It aims to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Valbona's experience and knowledge of the global beverages market will be an invaluable asset in assisting clients with their certification needs and other requirements.