ARLINGTON, VA — The Commercial Refrigerator Manufacturer Division (CRMD) of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) has an updated CRMD Standard CRS-S1-96, “Retail Food Store Refrigerators — Health and Sanitation.”

The update is due to an effort to ensure that perishable foods stored, displayed, and dispensed in retail stores throughout the world for off-premises consumption are adequately protected throughout the final stage in the distribution process.

Standard CRS-S1-96 establishes minimum food protection and sanitation requirements for the materials, design, construction, and performance of retail food store refrigerators.

Included in the standard’s term “food store refrigerators” are refrigerated enclosures designed and used for commercial purposes in displaying, storing, and/or dispensing perishable products. It includes, but is not limited to, both open- and closed-type display refrigerators (horizontal or vertical), and walk-in refrigerators for below- or above-freezing temperatures.

Limited numbers of this standard are available free on request, by state, regional, or local governmental agencies. For further information, contact the National Technical Committee, (e-mail); (Web site).