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Paleo Passion Pops Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Paleo Passion Foods Logo smallerPaleo Passion Foods offers health-conscious consumers a chance to enjoy a frozen treat without added chemicals, processed sugars, and harmful ingredients. The all-natural ice pop uses wholesome fruit and vegetables to provide a sweet, refreshing and healthy snack.

Paleo Passion Foods is proud to announce that all 7 Paleo Passion Pop flavors are Non-GMO Project Verified, further emphasizing the company’s mission to provide healthier, safer products for consumers. With genetically modified ingredients currently flooding our food system and the risks associated with GMO foods, we are happy to be able to provide consumers with a product that meets the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance.

Paleo Passion Pops continue to make waves in the frozen food department, offering a product that is all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free, vegan, and certified Kosher Pareve. In addition, superfoods such as chia seeds, ginger, and green tea are added, giving consumers even more health benefits from the already-nutritious treat.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. The following Paleo Passion Pop flavors have been verified by the Non-GMO Project as being in full compliance with the Project’s rigorous Standard:

  • Apple Crisp
  • Strawberry Passion
  • Orange Mango
  • Pineapple Ginger
  • Green Passion
  • Blueberry Pomegranate
  • Chocolate Passion


About Paleo Passion Foods

At Paleo Passion Foods we care about one thing; making your body and your taste buds happy at the same time. Launched in 2014, Paleo Passion Foods developed out of a desire to provide wholesome, tasty foods to consumers who are looking to eat in a more natural, primal manner. We care deeply about what our consumers put into their bodies. That is why our products do not contain any added sugars or artificial sweeteners, nor do they contain artificial flavorings/colorings. The addition of our Non-GMO Project Verification only adds to our confidence that our product is safe, healthy, and delicious for our consumers.

Paleo Passion Pops are sold at retail locations across the U.S.

For more information and a store locator, visit us at Inquiries/questions regarding the product can be directed to

TruMarine™ Collagen Earns Non-GMO Project Verification by Leading Non-Profit Organization—The Non-GMO Project

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

TruMarine-Collagen-Logo-WebNippi Collagen, a global leader in the production and supply of premium marine collagen peptides has been granted Non-GMO Project Verified status. The award verifies the non-GMO status of Nippi’s premium select grade TruMarine™ Collagen and gives Nippi the right to use the well recognized logo issued by the Non-GMO Project, a highly-regarded non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO functional ingredient supply.

The Non-GMO Project Verified seal indicates that the raw material bearing the seal has gone through the rigorous process which includes traceability and testing of major ingredients at high risk for GMOs throughout the supply chain to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product. Greg Nielsen, VP and General Manager of Nippi Collagen NA Inc, states, “We are pleased to have received Non-GMO Product Verification. It is yet another validation of the sophisticated nature of TruMarine™ Collagen and Nippi’s commitment to introduce marine collagen to the global market. The Non-GMO Project’s Verified seal is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance and the feedback from the market has been extremely positive.”

TruMarine™ premium select is produced from 100% fish scales, contains no skin and is odorless, colorless, and tasteless for an extremely high degree of purity compared to other forms of collagen. Marine-derived collagen attracts a larger market due to dietary preferences over beef, pork, and chicken in beauty and health products and is free from a risk of pathogens such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and other animal induced diseases.

Type I collagen makes up 80% of our body’s collagen glycoprotein’s and is present in our skin, connective tissue framework, bones, joints, cornea, and blood vessels. TruMarine™ Collagen consists of small peptide molecules characterized by improved bioavailability and digestibility and contains a high concentration of high-nitrogen amino acids—glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline which have specific nutri-functional properties to support overall health beauty.

Clinical research has shown numerous benefits from the ingestion of collagen peptides on skin, joint and bone health. Studies reported that taking TruMarine™ Collagen regularly, improves skin moisture level, smoothness and suppleness and prevents signs of aging such as the formation of deep-winkles and fine lines as well as UVB-induced skin damage. TruMarine™ also promotes joint health by helping to repair joint matrix degeneration and improving long term joint comfort and mobility. Marine collagen has also been shown to help to restore bone mineral density and support healthy bone metabolism.

“We’re excited to be working with such dedicated raw material suppliers as Nippi Collagen,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “The process to verify the non-GMO status of the supply chain shows a high level of commitment to transparency and to changing the overall supply chain. Nippi is taking a leadership role among raw material suppliers.”

Greg Nielsen, Vice President of Nippi Collagen NA adds, “The Non-GMO Project Verified seal allows consumers in North America access to clearly-labeled non-GMO functional food and dietary supplements. Quality ingredient suppliers will be moving down this path to achieve verification which allows for better transpanerency and information along the supply chain.”


About Nippi Collagen

Nippi Collagen is a leader in providing marine collagen peptides to the health and wellness market. As a global supplier, Nippi focuses on providing consistently high-quality products by implementing strict manufacturing standards without sacrificing environmental responsibilities. Nippi Collagen continually strives to improve and position itself as an innovator and global provider in natural, bioactive technologies. Research and Development is supported by the Research Institute of BioMatrix, (Tokyo, Japan) which continues to lead the world in the study of collagen peptides. For more information on Nippi Collagen NA Inc. please visit

Background on Collagen

Collagen is one of the most important structural substances in our bodies, accounting for 25 to 30% of its total protein. The body’s ligaments, tendons, bones and skeletal muscles are all held together by collagen, as well as by smooth muscle tissue including blood vessels, digestive tract and organs. It is also the main component of skin, bone, and cartilage. As we age, our body loses its ability to make collagen, and begins to break down. The skin sags and wrinkles, bones become brittle, joints become stiff and less flexible, and bodies become softer and have less tone.

Supplementing with collagen protein provides the body with the amino acids and peptides necessary to manufacture and support collagen. Collagens are the most abundant group of organic macro-molecules in the human body and because of their tensile strength, they perform numerous important structural functions, especially in connective tissues. Collagen proteins are essential in connective tissues of such organs as the heart, intestines, lungs, liver and kidneys; as protein matrix of the skeleton and its related structures (e.g. bones, teeth, tendons, cartilage and ligaments); and in fibrous matrix of skin and blood vessels.

Quite different from other protein sources, marine collagen peptides contain a unique combination and ratio of amino acids (protein), specifically, glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. This ratio of amino acids is the topic of clinical research studies and may hold important keys in product development and applications moving forward. In Japan alone, the Collagen Beauty market generates over $2.3B in sales and marine collagen is now the preferred form of collagen globally. Diet, age, stress, digestive system, and physical activity all affect our ability to provide the body with the nutritional raw materials it requires to properly support joint, bone and connective tissue health. Collagen is an essential component for those wanting to remain healthy and active throughout their life.

Non-GMO Project Continues to Expand Verification Capacity

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Non-GMO Project VerifiedParticipants can now choose from four Technical Administrators (TAs)

The Non-GMO Project is pleased to announce the addition of two Technical Administrators to pilot programs for assessing products to be compliant with its Standard. Participants in the Non-GMO Project Verified program now have more choices when selecting a Technical Administrator.

Where Food Comes From, Inc. (WFCF) and SCS Global Services (SCS) have entered additional pilot training to become a Technical Administrator (TA) with the Non-GMO Project. The IMI Global division of WFCF recently completed a pilot program focused on animal-derived products and is approved to accept verification clients for these products.

WFCF will focus on non-animal derived products in its pilot. SCS will handle all types of products in its pilot. If participants are interested in these pilot programs, they can choose either WFCF or SCS as the TA during the verification inquiry process.

The role of Technical Administrators is to assess products for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. This is comparable to the role organic certifiers play in the National Organic Program. In its pilot programs, the Project works closely with each Technical Administrator to provide training as the TA evaluates the products that qualify for participation in the pilot.

Megan Westgate, Executive Director for the Project, praised the progress of both WFCF and SCS.

“We’re proud to be working with the world’s leading certification bodies,” she said. “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 companies wanting to verify their products.”

The Non-GMO Project’s original Technical Administrator was FoodChain ID. NSF International was added as a new Technical Administrator last year. With WFCF and SCS now evaluating products in pilot programs, and WFCF now approved to handle animal-derived products, the Non-GMO Project is working with a total of four TAs.

With more than 29,500 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $11 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections.

New and existing participating companies can explore their Technical Administrator options by completing a Verification Inquiry Form on the Non-GMO Project website.


About the Non-GMO Project

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. Click to learn more.

Contact: Caroline Kinsman
Phone: 877.358.9240, x112

Nutpods Secures Non-GMO Project Verified Status Prior to Launch

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Nutpods-Logo-SmallerTaglineGreen Grass Foods, Inc. recently secured Non-GMO Project Verification for its first product, nutpods. The clean label dairy-free creamer made from almonds and coconuts will launch in late spring of this year. The product also carries Vegan, Gluten-free, and OU Kosher certifications.

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for non-GMO products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance. 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 the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe, according to the Non-GMO Project.

Green Grass Foods founder, Madeline Haydon, launched the company in November 2013 with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $30,000.   She has since won the Dream Big America competition and the Zenith Award for people’s choice for best investment opportunity at the Zino Society, a prestigious angel investment group in Seattle.

Madeline decided to produce nutpods after carrying a homemade concoction of almond and coconut milks in her purse for years to use in her coffee. “I kept looking for the perfect rich and creamy dairy-free coffee creamer at the grocery store and never found it. After waiting 3 years, I decided to explore the idea of launching my own brand.”

The product is part of a growing demand for milk alternatives; many coffee shops now offer both soy and almond milk for their customers. Industry-leaders Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s Coffee have recently introduced almond milk in their stores, and Starbucks now serves coconut milk at some locations. nutpods, unlike other alternative creamers, is unsweetened to let consumers ‘create their perfect cup’ with their preferred sweetener at their own sweetness level. It also differs from the competition due to its richer, creamier texture and balanced taste.


For more information, please contact Michele at or 213-797-5586.

Aker BioMarine’s Superba™ Krill Becomes Non-GMO Project Verified

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

akerlogo-webAker BioMarine Antarctic US, a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets worldwide, is pleased to announce that its flagship ingredient, Superba™ Krill oil, is now Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products.

This certification adds another layer of transparency to the company’s supply chain and shows that all components used to make krill oil contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Superba™ Krill is already certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as being sustainable and 100% traceable.

So far, the Non-GMO Project has verified more than 29,500 products, totalling more than $11 billion in sales. In fact, compared to a year ago, 23% more consumers are buying non-GMO products, according to the Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2014 report. Additionally, 40% are avoiding or reducing GMOs in their daily diet.

About a third of consumers will abandon a brand because it uses GMOs. In 2013, Whole Foods Market reported sales increases of 15-30% for Non-GMO Project Verified products. Indeed, the Non-GMO Project Verified label is the fastest growing in the food industry.

“Trends around non-GMO labeling in foods are quickly migrating into the dietary supplement market. And even though supplement supply chains are very complex, we felt the need to pursue non-GMO verification to provide our customers added assurance not only of the absence of GMOs in Superba™ Krill oil, but also as a sign of our unrelenting commitment to traceability and transparency,” said Becky Wright, marketing director, Aker BioMarine Antarctic US. “It took us more than a year to secure this certification, but it was well worth it. With full traceability, now on several levels, we can assure everyone that our ingredients are carefully and constantly monitored. Our customers – and their customers – have a right to know what is in their products – and what is not.”

About Aker BioMarine

Aker BioMarine is a leading supplier of krill-derived products to the consumer health and wellness and animal nutrition markets. Aker BioMarine is dedicated to the sustainable harvest of krill and development of krill-derived products. The company supplies biomarine ingredients through a 100% traceable supply chain. Aker BioMarine is the only krill harvester that has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification.

About SuperbaTM Krill

SuperbaTM Krill is a pure, natural source of the health-promoting EPA & DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids and the naturally occurring antioxidant astaxanthin. The uniqueness of SuperbaTM Krill is that the omega-3 fatty acids are provided in phospholipid form. In vitro, in vivo, and human clinical research has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of SuperbaTM Krill.

About the Non-GMO Project

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. We believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Logo-Final-CSI-RECOLORPurwokerto, Indonesia (March 05, 2015) – PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia, the Indonesia-based producer of organic coconut sugar and nectar, is proud to announce that the Non-GMO Project has verified its line-up of product offerings. This development is particularly significant given the fact that the Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s new Verified status means that its products have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project’s rigorous Standard for GMO avoidance.

Founder and CEO Mr. Amir Sudjono stresses the importance of PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s Verified status as integral to the organization’s mission: “From the time we established ourselves, we were certain that we wanted to offer to consumers a unique proposition which was wholesome, nutritious, and organic with no genetically modified organisms in any form or manner. This verification is a clear ratification of our mission.”

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia’s decision to have its products Verified stems from the idea that consumers should always receive what’s in their best interest, especially when purchasing food items. GMOs have not been proven safe, which is why PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia strives to ensure that none of its coconut sugar products contain any form of GMOs.

Looking into the future, Mr. Amir Sudjono stresses that all product offerings from the company will always be non-GMO and organic.

About PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia:

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia is a Purwokerto-based maker of organic coconut sugar. It is based in the Banyumas region, which is the country’s center of organic coconut sugar production.

Besides unwavering adherence to non-GMO principles, PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia takes immense pride in the way it contributes to society, especially the local economy. For instance, there are no middlemen involved in the production of organic coconut sugar at PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia. What this means is that farmers working hard to extract coconut nectar from coconut trees (from which coconut sugar is ultimately made) get the best value for their efforts.

Moreover, ecological sustenance is at the very core of PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia. This is easily apparent when considering facts such as:

  • Coconut trees remain in the peak of health even after coconut nectar is extracted from them and can do so for a long period of time without any adverse impact whatsoever.
  • Coco Sugar Indonesia is actively involved in ensuring that coconut tree plantations are maximized in the region, which has a big impact on overall ecology of the area.
  • At no point in the production process are any kind of artificial ingredients used – 100% natural and organic items go into producing the coconut sugar that consumers receive. This is in addition to having one of the most state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in the country for producing coconut sugar.

PT. Coco Sugar Indonesia has always had the mission of sustenance as its focal point, and Non-GMO Project Verification simply affirms that mission.




Bona Dea Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

bonadea_logo_purple_largeAustin, TX (March 27, 2015) — Bona Dea is pleased to announce that their line of gluten and allergen free baking mixes and flour are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the brand’s dedication to healthier allergen free options.

“Receiving Non-GMO Project Verification is another great success in providing full transparency of our ingredients and practices to our customers, which is of upmost importance in the gluten and allergen free market,” says Melissa Robinson, CEO of Bona Dea. “We’re committed to producing the best gluten and allergen free products and giving you the knowledge of where every ingredient comes from.”

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. The baking mixes underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance. Those mixes include:

  • Positively Pancakes Mix
  • Marvelous Muffins Mix
  • Outrageous Oat Cookies Mix
  • Scrumptious Scones Mix
  • All Purpose Flour

As the brand continues to expand its lineup, Bona Dea will remain dedicated to creating non-GMO products.

About Bona Dea:

Women-owned and operated in Austin, TX, Bona Dea produces baking mixes and flour that are free from gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts; certified Kosher, vegan and made with organic whole grains. At Bona Dea, we believe our choices have an impact on our bodies, our communities and our world. Partnering with people who care and are cared for, we select clean ingredients grown in harmony with the earth that nurture your body and your soul. We create products that bring joy to the table.

Bona Dea baking mixes are sold at retail locations across the U.S. including Whole Foods Market, and online at For more information, visit us at, become a fan on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @bonadeagf.

Setton Farms Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

SETTON LOGO HIGH RESTerra Bella, CA (March 16, 2015)—Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the nation’s second largest pistachio processor and maker of Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, based in California’s Central Valley, is proud to announce that their Roasted Salted Pistachios, Roasted Unsalted Pistachios, and Pistachio Chewy Bites are now Non-GMO Project Verified. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe.

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. As North America’s only third-party verification organization, the Non-GMO Project rigorously tests each major high-risk ingredient in a product and requires that every batch of high-risk food, such as corn, soy, and canola, is tested before use and is below 0.9%, the same action threshold that the European Union uses.

“We are very excited that we can officially announce to our consumers that we are Non-GMO Project Verified,” said Setton Farms COO Mia Cohen. “Being non-GMO is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled to offer our customers the assurance that our products are safe, ethical, and delicious.”

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are bred for herbicide tolerance. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides has increased drastically since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs”, which results in even more pesticide application.

For more information about the Non-GMO Project and a complete list of Verified products, visit

For more information about Pistachio Chewy Bites, visit

About Setton Pistachio Of Terra Bella, Inc.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the second largest pistachio processor in the United States, has been growing and processing pistachios in the Central Valley of California since 1986. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. has ownership in over 10,000 acres of planted pistachios and currently has the capacity to process over 135 million pounds of pistachios owned by Setton and its grower partners. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. provides pistachios to more than 50 foreign markets, and through Setton International Foods Inc., distributes a variety of nuts and dried fruits to wholesalers and retailers throughout the United States. Visit to learn more.

popchips Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (February 26, 2015) — popchips Inc., popchips_logo_RGB_redthe innovative popped snack company, is pleased to announce that seven of its flavors are now Non-GMO Project Verified, underscoring the brand’s dedication to healthier snacks.

“Research shows that a majority of Americans are very concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food, which is why popchips is committed to producing snacks made from the purest ingredients,” says Marc Seguin, Chief Marketing Officer for popchips. “Receiving Non-GMO Project Verification for so many of our flavors validates our efforts to produce snacking options that people can feel confident about choosing.”

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only third-party verification and labeling organization for non-GMO food and products. The popchips flavors that earned Non-GMO Project Verification underwent a series of rigorous tests and audits to ensure that they adhere to the Non-GMO Project’s strict Standard for GMO avoidance. Those flavors include:

  • barbeque
  • sea salt
  • sea salt & vinegar
  • sweet potato
  • veggie sea salt
  • veggie hint of olive oil
  • veggie tuscan herb

As the brand continues to expand its flavor lineup, popchips will remain dedicated to creating non-GMO products.

About popchips:

popchips, one of the hottest snack brands in North America and the UK, is a delicious line of popped potato, tortilla and corn chips with all the flavor and half the fat of fried chips. popchips has been winning awards and acclaim since its launch in 2007, while garnering a passionate following among trendsetters, moms, sports enthusiasts, and celebrities alike. popchips’ fans include Jillian Michaels, Ashton Kutcher, and Sean (Diddy) Combs.

popchips are now sold at over 30,000 retail locations across North America and the UK, including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Wegmans, Loblaws, select Costco locations, and online at For more information about the company and its products, pop over to, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Sugar & Spice Market Earns Non-GMO Project Verification

Monday, March 9th, 2015

SS_Logo_72dpi-CopyAtlanta, GA­ — Sugar & Spice Market, LLC. proudly announces that they have received Non-GMO Project Verification for their Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Flour.

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification program for products made according to their rigorous Standard for GMO avoidance. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species.

To meet the Non-GMO Project’s Standard for GMO avoidance and receive Verification, products must undergo ongoing testing of all ingredients at high risk of being genetically modified, facility inspections, and an annual audit to ensure compliance with the Standard, which includes segregation and traceability to prevent GMO contamination. Sugar & Spice Market Gluten Free Mixes and Flour have met these rigorous standards. Their current line of Non-GMO Project Verified Gluten Free products include:

  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Gluten Free Brownie Mix
  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix
  • Gluten Free Pancake/Waffle Mix
  • Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

“We will not compromise on the quality and integrity of our products,” says Beth Napoli, owner and CEO of Sugar & Spice Market. It has been the mission of Sugar & Spice Market to meet the needs of the gluten free and non-GMO community. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal provides proof to the consumer that products have met the strict requirements of the Non-GMO Project Standard for GMO avoidance.

About Sugar & Spice Market, LLC.

Family owned and operated, Sugar & Spice Market., LLC. is a company that prides itself on the quality of their gluten free products. The owners of Sugar & Spice Market believe that “gluten free does not have to be taste free.” Their gluten free flour and baking mixes have been specially formulated to provide the texture and flavor that are characteristic of traditional baked goods and recipes. All of their current products are certified gluten free, certified kosher, dairy/casein free, soy free, wheat free, peanut free, tree nut free and possess the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. For more information visit their website at