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Certification of non-GE Foods (last updated Jan 2003)
Testing for Genetically Engineered Ingredients
The basis for any certification program is a definitive test for genetic modification. Such a test was first developed by Dr. John Fagan, founder and president of Genetic ID. It is now available through Genetic ID and its licensees worldwide.
Genetic IDs proprietary technology positively detects genetically modified content in raw foods and many bi-products, including soy lecithin, soy oil and soy protein isolates. Its sophisticated laboratory scans the DNA structure of samples to precisely identify gene sequences. All samples are tested in strict security, with a rapid turn-around.
Genetic ID now offers Non-GMO Certification
Genetic ID, Inc. now offers Non-GMO Certification to all growers, processors, handlers and manufacturers of non-genetically modified food products. Built on its international reputation as the leader in GMO detection, Genetic ID Non-GMO Certification provides the highest level of assurance of a food product's non-GMO status at the most economical price.
Foods that have been found to be non-GMO by less rigorous means are often tested and found to contain GMOs at foreign ports, causing major revenue losses to the producer. Genetic ID Non-GMO Certification allows food products to achieve the level of rigor and precision required internationally through third-party inspections, audits, sampling (a critical and often neglected technology for accurate GMO assessment) and testing.
Due to Genetic ID's international recognition, product carrying the Genetic ID Non-GMO Seal will be instantly recognized as having met the highest standards for non-genetically engineered foods in the world. Contact Genetic ID to request a Non-GMO Certification application packet appropriate to your operation.
Pammark Farms offers GMO-Free Cetification Program
Pammark Farms has launched a new company, GeFree, to offer GMO-free commodities by either assaying the products for GMOs or certifying the growers as growing genetically natural varieties. Like organic certifiers, GeFree plans to register growers annually and maintain a "Third Party Certification Program". Current analytical technology cannot detect small traces of GMOs or verify that a product is free from GMOs. By certifying growers at planting time, annual inspections and random sampling, GeFree can offer a 100% guarantee of the products it registers.
Mark E. Meyer, President, GeFree Company www.netexp.net/~pammark/gmo.htm
Kanematsu Corporation of Japan started a non-GMO certification service in June, 1998. The services are managed by the Japanese office of Farm Verified Organic, a U.S. organic certifier, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The trading house allows certified food producers to indicate that their products have not been genetically altered. The certification system currently covers soybean and corn food products.
Kanematsu to Certify Food as Non-Genetically Engineered, DOW JONES NEWS, May 21, 1998;
News Brief: Vermont Approves BST Labeling Law
The U.S. State of Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed a BST-free labeling law on April 29, 1998, that imposes certain requirements for milk producers and handlers claiming not to use recombinant bovine somatotropin (BST) and forces companies selling the product in the state to register with Agricultural Commissioner. The new law does not require companies selling BST within the state to pay an annual licensing fee. Milk producers are required to sign affidavits that milk from the farm was produced from cows not given BST for at least 90 days. Handlers and processors must also sign affidavits agreeing that milk produced without using BST was kept separate during storage and processing. The state reserves the right to inspect producers and handlers.
Howie, Michael, Vermont Approves BST Labeling Law, FEEDSTUFFS, May 4, 1998.
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