Non-GMO

NFC Adds GMO Guard to its Growing Roster of Certification Programs

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Steven Hoffman, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042.

Reuven Flamer, nfccertification@gmail.com, tel 888.422.4632.

Spring Valley, NY, March 28, 2013 – In response to the natural food industry's – and the consumer’s – growing concern with regard to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) "cropping" up in the public food supply, Natural Food Certifiers (NFC) has added a new component to its growing roster of product supervision and certification programs: the NFC “GMO Guard” Verification Program.

"We are very proud to introduce and offer the GMO Guard Program," said NFC Director Rabbi Reuven Flamer. "It's a logical extension of the programs that NFC already offers, and one that is so timely and sought-after in the natural and organic food market today."

The GMO Guard verification program joins the impressive array of NFC's Food Certification programs, which include USDA Organic certification, Kosher Certification (under the “Apple K” label), Vegan Certification, and Gluten Guard, a gluten-free assurance program. By offering a portfolio of certification programs valued by natural and organic products consumers, NFC offers cost-effective, simultaneous, turnkey solutions for food manufacturers seeking to assure their customers of certified organic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan and/or gluten-free products.

"GMOs are the number one growing concern among health-conscious consumers and for businesses in the natural and organic food markets, as well as in the conventional food industry," explained Rabbi Flamer. "Recent studies show that GMOs may cause various kinds of health problems from digestive disturbances to food allergies, and that GMOs require more herbicides, which is really the opposite reason why GMOs were touted to be so environmentally helpful in the first place," he added. "For all of the many reasons that GMOs raise a red flag, physical and environmental, consumers simply don't want them in their foods, and our clients want to accommodate their customers."

In order to assess a new product for GMO Guard verification, NFC performs an intake -- commitment and cost free -- to analyze the product and will then advise clients of the next steps and costs to obtaining a seal. The process may include, but is not limited to, a request and review of the ingredient deck including country of origin and certificate of analysis, as well as inspection of manufacturing facilities. 

Leading natural and organic products retailers such as Whole Foods Market are seeing growing demand for products that don’t use genetically engineered ingredients. Products that have a non-GMO assurance seal are seeing sales increases of 15 percent to 30 percent, according to Whole Foods Market President A.C. Gallo.

About Natural Food Certifiers

NFC Founder and President (Rabbi) Reuven Flamer began a career in the natural products industry in 1976 when he founded "Le Centre," the first natural food co-operative in the Laurentian Mountains, outside of Montreal, Quebec. He launched NFC in 1997. In 2002, NFC became the first Rabbinic-led kosher agency to certify organic under the USDA National Organic Program. "Our company is based on the principle that, 'If it’s kosher, its good for the soul; if it's naturally healthy, it’s good for the body; and each should have the other,'" explained Flamer. For more information, please email nfccertification@gmail.com, visit www.nfccertification.info, or call Rabbi Flamer at (914) 319-9040.

NFC is offering special rates to new and existing customers, who can easily add the NFC GMO Guard Verification Program to their existing NFC certification programs for their products.

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