Genetically modified (GM) foods have raised concern amongst consumers regarding the impact on the environment as well as human and animal health. As a result, many countries require mandatory labelling of foods containing GM ingredients (inputs) where the percentage exceeds a certain threshold. To meet consumer demands for transparency and support companies in sourcing non-GMO materials, FoodChain ID Certification launched its Non-GMO Certification Program and Non-GMO Trademark (product seal) in 1999 to easily identify non-GMO products in the marketplace. This standard was previously known as the “Cert ID Non-GMO Certification.”
The FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard is recognized within the industry as the benchmark for a non-GMO production system as it applies a quality management system approach to identity preservation. The Standard utilizes risk-based decision-making to build a strong certification program tailored to an organization’s needs. Key components of the program include risk assessments, traceability, and sampling/testing to verify compliance; the program is assessed annually against Standard requirements by FoodChain ID Certification. The Standard is applicable to organizations involved in the cultivation, production, processing, storage, distribution, logistics, and/or trade of non-GMO products. Product certification may be requested for raw materials, derivatives, additives, processing aids, and finished products, including livestock and animal feed.
Version 6.1 of the FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard was issued June 2017 and merged FoodChain ID’s Non-GMO and EU Regulatory Compliance standards into a single, flexible non-GMO certification standard focused on meeting the needs of an organization’s target markets. The Standard is trusted by major international retailers and brands and is unique in that it offers a market-oriented solution to non-GMO certification.
In version 6.1, product certification is region specific, whereby organizations meet the requirements of one or more non-GMO markets of choice rather than adhering to a universally applied compliance threshold. Under the new version, organizations identify the non-GMO requirements of their target market(s), which includes defining (1) the Targeted Threshold Tolerance Level—i.e., the level of acceptable GM contamination found in a specified product for a specified region (country)—and (2) approved/ non-approved GMOs. Where the Targeted Threshold is not defined, the target level is 0.1% with an adventitious GM presence level of up to 0.9%.
Sites seeking non-GMO certification have the option to apply for certification against v6.1 beginning July 1, 2017. All sites are required to obtain certification to v6.1 beginning January 1, 2018.
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- Certification in accordance with mandatory labelling requirements concerning GMOs
- Market-oriented Targeted Threshold Levels
- European Union Regulation(EC) No 1830/2003 for traceability and labelling of GMOs
- Brazilian legislation (Decree No. 4680)
- Other labelling and non-GMO programs
- Risk-based sampling and testing
- Traceability Certificates of Compliance (TCCs) to batch/lot level
- Use of the FoodChain ID Non-GMO seal for value-added recognition of your certified products
FoodChain ID Certification certifies products that comply with European Union (EU) Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 for traceability and labelling of GMOs in food and feed. According to the regulation, products containing GMOs above 0.9% per ingredient shall be identified with a unique code and labelled for GM content. Adventitious (accidental) or technically unavoidable GM content of EU approved GMOs is allowed without labelling at a concentration no higher than 0.9%. However, a constant presence of GM content—even if below the 0.9% threshold–must be labelled. Products containing any trace amount of GMOs not approved in the EU are immediately withdrawn from the market.
Brazilian legislation (Decree No. 4680) provides for mandatory labelling of natural products, ingredients, food, and feed containing GMOs or derivatives with a GMO content equal to or above 1%. Meat, milk, and eggs from animals fed with feed containing GMO ingredients must also be labelled. Ordinance No. 2658 regulates how the labelling must be done through the use of a yellow triangle with a black T.
Sampling and testing of non-GMO inputs and products are cornerstones of non-GMO identity preservation (IP) systems to verify that threshold levels for GMO contamination are met. The FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard contains requirements for risk-based sampling and testing plans of inputs and finished products to ensure those at risk for contamination are routinely analyzed.
Accurate and reliable test methods are critical for determining the GM content in products. To ensure these criteria are met, the Standard requires the use of GMO test methods established by the Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA), which are performed by a FoodChain ID approved laboratory. Analysis performed by a FoodChain ID approved laboratory ensures the testing of specific GM traits and non-approved varieties at various limits of detection for accurate testing according to the Targeted Threshold Tolerance Level. FoodChain ID approved laboratories are those who are a member of the GLA or have achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and are licensed by the GLA to perform GMO methods of analysis.
11.3 Guidance: For consistency, uniformity and to reduce variation and error in the FoodChain ID ID Non-GMO Certification Program, it is essential that GMO testing procedures and the analysis of test results be conducted in a uniform, consistent, and scientifically robust manner. The testing methods selected for this purpose are those that have been internationally established by the Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA).
Laboratories that are not GLA members may either join, or license relevant methods from the GLA to satisfy the requirement of conducting PCR testing according to FoodChain ID approved methods. Such laboratories must be and maintain ISO ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005) accreditation by their national accreditation body.
From definitions: FoodChain ID Approved Laboratory – a laboratory that is a member of the Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA) or licences and uses standardized operating procedures established by the GLA.
FoodChain ID Testing is the global leader in GMO identification and a FoodChain ID approved laboratory.
The FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard is recognized within the industry as the benchmark for non-GMO identity preservation. Below are just a few of the reasons why you should choose FoodChain ID for non-GMO certification:
- FoodChain ID Certification is the recognized pioneer in non-GMO certification
- FoodChain ID Certification has more than 15 years of inspection and certification experience
- Certification against the FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard verifies non-GMO claims
- The FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard is regularly updated and current with industry standards
- FoodChain ID Certification is the acknowledged industry leader by retailers and brands worldwide for non-GMO certification
- The FoodChain ID Non-GMO Global Standard verifies compliance to global regulatory requirements (e.g. EU threshold of less than 0.1% EU authorised adventitious and technically unavoidable GM presence requirements)
- Traceability Certificates of Compliance (TCCs) are issued to batch/lot level for added confidence of conventional providence
- Customer satisfaction, close communication and continual improvement are our top priorities
- FoodChain ID Certification Non-GMO approved auditors have completed FoodChain ID Certification’s rigorous training program
- Quick delivery of certificates, helpful and well-mannered auditors and referral to trusted industry consultants are all part of FoodChain ID Certification’s non-GMO service
- FoodChain ID Certification audits are carried out professionally by hand-picked, fully qualified, food industry experienced auditors
- FoodChain ID Certification audit reports and certificates are issued on time in order that you meet your customers’ requirements.