Buyer Beware: False or Misleading Claims

Updated November 29, 2016

 

Today literally hundreds of marketers offer food processing equipment on-line or through B2B web sites, and many advertisements state claims such as ‘meets 3A’, ‘conforms to 3A standards’, or the equipment may even include ‘3A’ in a model name or designation. Such references suggest the equipment meets the criteria for 3-A Symbol authorization. Unless the supplier is an authorized 3-A Symbol holder, the buyer is solely responsible for verifying whether the equipment meets the desired (and expected) sanitary design and fabrication criteria. 

3-A SSI provides this list as a service to identify any entities known to make false or misleading claims of 3-A Symbol authorization.

 Source  Nature of Misleading Claim
WenzhouQiMing Stainless Co., Ltd.

Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates. Multiple unauthorized displays, not limited to:
- Sanitary Stainless Steel Automatic Control Butterfly Valve, Pneumatic, electric Actuator Butterfly Valve 1/2inch-4inch;
- SMS, China Made, Weld, Pneumatic, Stainless, Sanitary Butterfly Valve;
- Stainless Steel Food Grade Manual Butterfly Valve Sanitary Clamp Butterfly Valve with Trigger Handles SS316L;
- Sanitary SS304 SS316L Stainless Steel Motorized Control Butterfly Valve for Food and Beverage Industry.
Wenzhou Refine Hardware Co., Ltd.
Multiple unauthorized displays, neither OEM nor reseller company maintains authorizations for any equipment.
Wenzhou J&O Fluid Control Co., Ltd. Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment.
Wenzhou Xusheng Machinery Industry and Trading Co., Ltd. - Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates;
- Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment.
Quzhou KingGo Machinery Co., Ltd. - Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificate;
- Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment.
Wenzhou Sinco Steel Co., Ltd. - Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment;
- Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates;
- Product types: fittings, steel tube, valves, clamps, others.
Wenzhou Kasin Valve Pipe Fitting Co., Ltd. - Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment; 
- Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates;
- Product types: fittings, steel tube, valves, clamps, pumps, and others.
Ruimiao (Shanghai) Stainless Steel Equipment Co., Ltd. - Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment; 
- Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates;
- Product types: sanitary stainless steel pipe fittings, emulsifier, grinding equipment, pump and pump fittings.
Shanghai Yichen Valve Co., Ltd. - Unauthorized display of 3-A Symbol on Manual Tank Bottom Pull Handle Ball Valve;
- Company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment.
Wenzhou Yuanyu Mechanical Co., Ltd. - Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment; 
- Product types: sanitary stainless steel pipe fittings,other equipment.
Wenzhou Dia Fluid Equipment Co. Ltd. - Multiple claims of ‘3-A Certification’ for products including valves, spray balls, fittings, strainers, and others.
- Company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment. 
Wenzhou Bill Stainless Steel Limited (Wenzhou Huajin Valves Fittings Co., Ltd.) - Multiple unauthorized displays, company maintains no authorizations for any type of equipment; 
- Product types: fittings, gaskets, sight glass, filter plates, extractors, braided PTFE hose, gauges, hydraulic fittings, and other.
Wenzhou Superfly Valve Pipe Fitting Co. Ltd. - Unauthorized display of 3-A Symbol;
- Fraudulent, invalid 3-A Symbol Certificates.

Trust, But Verify!

3-A SSI encourages those searching for food processing equipment that meets stringent criteria for sanitary design and fabrication to verify the equipment maintains authorization to display the 3-A Symbol. You can search the current list of authorized 3-A Symbol holders (by company name, equipment type, or authorization number) at 3-A website.