You’ve probably seen The Non-GMO Project Verified Seal all around your grocery store, and in many of the products in your home. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance. The founders of The Non-GMO Project were motivated by a simple idea: that consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future.
What does The Non-GMO Project Verified seal mean?
According to The Non-GMO Project Website:
‘The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through our verification process. Our verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance:
- We require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
- We use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
- After the test, we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
- For low-risk ingredients, we conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk.
- Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.”
Essentially, in a country where we are fighting for our right to know what products have GMOs in them, The Non-GMO Project has set out to make sure we at least can know what products don’t have GMOs in them. We love that they make avoiding GMOs at the grocery store a little simpler.