February 27, 2013: Today’s Washington Post included a special circular dedicated to The Organic Movement. The center spread of the circular features an article by Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate. Click here to download a PDF of the circular.
Archive for February, 2013
ChiaRezza, a Non-GMO Project Verified, Allergy Friendly Superfoods Cereal Line To Debut At The 2013 Natural Products Expo WestWednesday, February 13th, 2013
Seattle, WA – OMG Foods Inc is extremely proud to have their allergy friendly, superfood cereal line (ChiaRezza! Organic Chia Cereal) verified by the Non-GMO Project. The cereal flavors are free from the Top 8 Allergens as well as certified: Organic, Kosher, Gluten Free and Vegan. www.chia-rezza.com
“We believe every consumer has the right to know what’s in their food, and the right to choose whether or not to consume GMOs. It was an easy decision right from the beginning to get our products Non-GMO Project Verified.” – Dr. Peter Britton & Tee Britton, founders.
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plants or animals that are created through experimental gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. GMOs have not been proven to be safe and may cause potential health issues. There is no mandatory labeling of GMOs in the US and Canada, where GMOs are present in over 80% of packaged foods.
Dr. Britton and his wife are parents of a little girl with food allergies. They discovered many snacks and healthy foods their daughter ate were produced on contaminated equipment, which lead to constant skin breakouts and sleepless nights in Seattle. Our mission is to provide premium, nutritious, allergy friendly foods that meet the highest standards of food safety through multiple third party certifications and dedicated responsible manufacturing. ChiaRezza was made with you in mind.
Two amazing flavors: Forbidden Fruit (apple cinnamon) and Almighty Mango Goji. Raw, organic superseeds (chia, hemp & buckwheat) are fabulously blended with organic dried superfruits and organic superspices to nourish the body’s trillions of cells. Enjoy by soaking it in your favorite hot or cold liquid, or add it to your yogurt, oatmeal, granola, shake, smoothie, pancake recipe or baked good mixture. It’s a great source of plant protein & omega 3’s as well an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Expo West Fresh Ideas Marketplace Booth # 99 (March 7, 2013)
Expo West Booth # 5580 Hall E (March 8 – 10, 2013)
For more information, please contact:
OMG Foods Inc. – Seattle, WA
CEO – Cereal Enthusiast
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The organization offer North America’s ONLY third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Learn more about the Non-GMO Project at www.nongmoproject.org
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New York, New York (February 5, 2013) – Riverina Natural Oils is committed to be a leading source of farm to table natural oils and this commitment has just been reinforced! Riverina Natural Oils announced that their Expeller Pressed Canola Oil has been Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance.
“Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure that we are meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance,” says Company President, Tushar Adya. “We are incredibly excited to now be a part of the Non-GMO Project’s efforts. As one of the only dedicated Non-GMO processing plants in the world in the heart of the most productive oilseed growing region in Australia, our preferred access to an abundant supply of Non-GMO Canola Seeds ensures full Non-GMO traceability from farm to table.”
Riverina Natural Oils is a state of the art vegetable oil processing plant designed by Desmet Ballestra, an International Leader in Vegetable Oils and Fats Technology. The plant has an annual capacity of crushing and refining 165,000 tons of multiple varieties of seed. Our products are available in bulk, foodservice, and retail packaging formats.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit multi-stakeholder collaboration of individuals and businesses committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. More information can be found at www.nongmoproject.org, and at www.facebook.com/nongmoproject.
For more information, please contact:
Business Development Manager
(415) 926 7443
Cocozia will be the first Non-GMO Project Verified product that Epicurex offers, with many more to come
February 6, 2013 – Epicurex is proud to announce that the newest addition to its health drink lineup, Cocozia, has become Non-GMO Project Verified. Cocozia is an increasingly popular brand of coconut water that has the added benefits of being Kosher and 100% organic.
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for non-GMO food and products. Non-GMO Project Verified products, like Cocozia, are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard which includes rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.
“We want Epicurex to be as much of a forward-thinking nutrition company as possible,” said Wade Nevill, VP of Marketing for Epicurex, LLC. “In this day and age, that means going beyond the organic label. We found a great partner in the Non-GMO Project, and we expect to continue the relationship with more of our health products in the future.”
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms”, are plants or animals created through genetic engineering. This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. GMO ingredients are increasingly likely to be in your food. In fact, more than 70% of conventional processed food contains GMOs.
Little has been done in the North American market to educate people on the potential health problems of GMO foods. This is in contrast to much of the European Union, which has gone to great lengths to restrict or ban GMO products from the marketplace. Companies like Epicurex are looking to change that for North America.
“People have a right to know what is in the beverage they are drinking,” said Mr. Nevill. “We moved to make Cocozia the most transparent it could be in terms of what went into it, and after having it verified by the Non-GMO Project, I am confident that we accomplished our objective.”
About Epicurex LLC
Epicurex LLC is a manufacturer and distributor of exotic beverages. The company focuses on bringing unique and original all-natural organic drinks to its Customers. The company’s mission is to provide only top grade products that taste great and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
About the Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. It is the only third party verification labeling for non-GMO food and products in North America.