The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, announced that it has partnered with SGS, a global inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to be the first certification body approved to audit in conjunction with GIG’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program standards. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity covering all regions of the world. GFCO, the largest gluten-free certification program in North America, certifies food, beverages, nutritionals/supplements and personal care items. GFCO audits will be conducted by SGS qualified auditors combined with SGS’s Food Safety certification audits, or as a stand-alone service.
Unlike other certification programs, GFCO, accredited to ISO 17065, not only certifies that a company’s processes meet GFCO’s standards, but also that the products produced meet a 10 ppm-or-less gluten standard—a stricter standard than the 20 ppm required by the FDA and Health Canada for gluten-free labeled products. Products certified by GFCO carry the GF logo—winning the trust of consumers and retailers that the product is truly gluten free.
“We are thrilled that SGS will be providing the comprehensive testing and verification against the GFCO standards,” said Cynthia Kupper, CEO of GIG. “The experienced auditors of SGS are fully accredited to deliver GFCO certification across the globe—supporting the growing number of gluten-free certified products and winning the trust and confidence of gluten-free consumers.”