August 5, 2014
Public Demand for Non-GMO Choices Drives Growth in Program Administration
With more than 20,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $7 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections. In response, the Non-GMO Project has trained additional certification bodies to serve as Technical Administrators for its Product Verification Program.
The role of Technical Administrators is to oversee the verification process and to issue evaluation decisions based on a product’s compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. This is comparable to the role organic certifiers play in overseeing the National Organic Program.
“We currently have more than 2,200 participating brands, and are receiving an average of 70-80 new verification inquiries every week,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “By offering multiple technical service providers for verification, we’re ensuring that every company seeking Non-GMO Project Verification has options and gets the support they need.”
The Non-GMO Project’s original Technical Administrator was FoodChain ID. FoodChain is part of the Global ID Group, an international company with unsurpassed expertise gained from over 20 years of offering non-GMO verification and testing services. In addition to FoodChain, the Project is steadily onboarding new certifiers to administrate its program.
The first new certification body to complete the training process was NSF International, a global public health organization with 70 years of food certification and auditing expertise and a network of hundreds of expert auditors worldwide. Companies can now choose to work with either FoodChain or NSF in order to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification.
In addition, Where Food Comes From is currently in a pilot program for livestock product verification, and the company is on track to be fully operational by later this year. Where Food Comes From houses the expertise of both International Certification Services (ICS) and IMI Global, a leading verifier for the livestock industry.
The newest certifier to join the verification program is SCS Global Services (SCS), a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. SCS recently began technical training under the supervision of the Non-GMO Project and is expected to start working with companies in a pilot program this fall.
“We’re proud to be working with the world’s leading certification bodies,” says Westgate. “Our goal is to maintain market unity, ensuring that the term ‘Non-GMO’ remains synonymous with our rigorous standard. We are committed to offering partnership opportunities to all credible certifiers, and we are pleased to be expanding program capacity for food companies wanting to verify their products.”
New and existing participating companies can indicate their preferred Technical Administrator by completing a Verification Inquiry Form on the Non-GMO Project website.
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