NSF Revokes Saudi Industries for Pipes Company’s Certification for Exceeding Lead Exposure Requirements

NSF Advises Consumers Not to Use Saudi Industries’ Piping for Drinking Water Applications

NSF International, today announced that it has revoked Saudi Industries for Pipes Company Limited’s (SIP) certification, a manufacturer of PVC pipes and fittings based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Consumers should not use SIP’s Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride (CPVC) piping for potable water use as recent testing indicates that this piping exceeds the maximum allowable extraction level for lead.
The piping in violation was manufactured between March 2007 and October 2007, and was marketed under the trade designation CPVC pipes in ½ inch to 2 inch diameters. The violation was uncovered during SIP’s annual audit. NSF’s numerous attempts to gain access to the plant for follow-up actions were denied.
NSF has since removed SIP’s CPVC piping from its listings and distributed a public notice. Going forward, Saudi Industries for Pipes is not authorized to use the NSF Certification Mark on any of its CPVC piping or marketing/promotion materials. This includes SIP’s corporate website.
“NSF International takes its responsibility to protect the public very seriously and to separate out products that could potentially add excessive levels of contaminants into drinking water,” said Cindy Kenyon, Director, NSF Field Services. “It is also part of our enforcement policy to ensure that only products that meet NSF’s stringent certification requirements are authorized to display the NSF Mark.”
For more information or if you have any questions regarding the withdrawal of SIP’s certification, please contact Greta Houlahan at 734.913.5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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Dipl.-Ing. Kunststofftechnik (FH Darmstadt) Daughter of Winfried Hamich