The GF logo stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carrying the GF logo represents unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards. GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world. By working with experts in food certification, GFCO is positioned to serve its clients’ needs promptly and efficiently.
Whether you manufacture consumer food items or industrial ingredients, or you are involved in private labeling, food service or any other aspect of food production or distribution, the conferral of Gluten-Free Certification on your brand will raise its profile in the marketplace and help expand your market share.
GFCO focuses on in the certification of products for human consumption. Those products that interact with the human digestive system, through inhalation, absorption, or ingestion may also be considered for certification.
A. Governments around the world are increasingly recommending that people eat three or more servings of whole grains per day. But these same governments usually offer no official way for consumers to easily find whole grains.
The eye-catching black and gold Whole Grain Stamp makes finding whole grains simple. Each “Stamped” product guarantees consumers at least half a serving of whole grains. The Stamp makes it easy to get the recommended three servings or more of whole grains each day: Eating three whole grain food products labeled “100% Whole Grain” does the trick – or six products bearing ANY Whole Grain Stamp.
A. Consumers are often skeptical of sales copy on packages and too rushed to read the fine print of the nutrition facts panel and ingredients list — which in any event do not give clear guidance on whole grain content. The distinctive gold and black Whole Grain Stamp is identifiable at a glance and offers a consistent, trustworthy beacon to consumers across brands.
The Stamp is even found on ice cream, yoghurt and sparkling juice beverages made with whole grains!
A. All grains start out as whole grains. If, after processing, they retain all three parts of the original grain — the germ, the bran and the endosperm — in their original proportions, they still qualify as whole grains. M
All of the following qualify, when all of their bran, germ and endosperm are used: Amaranth, Barley, Brown and Colored Rice, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Corn and Whole Cornmeal, Emmer, Farro, Kamut® grain, Millet, Oatmeal and Whole Oats, Popcorn, Quinoa, Sorghum, Spelt, Teff, Triticale, Whole Rye, Whole or Cracked Wheat, Wheatberries, and Wild Rice.
A. No. From a regulatory, nutritional and botanical point of view seeds (like flax, sesame, sunflower and poppy), nuts and legumes – while healthy foods in their own right – are not considered by either the Whole Grains Council or the FDA to be whole grains.
They check their formulations to see which products are eligible to use the Stamp. Products must contain at least 8g of whole grain per labeled serving to use the basic Whole Grain Stamp. Products containing at least 16g of whole grain, and where ALL the grains are whole grains, may use the 100% Whole Grain Stamp. (In Canada, the 100% Stamp is limited to products where all the ingredients are whole grains – so only a sack of brown rice, a bag of whole grain flour or other similar products would qualify for the 100% Stamp.)
Organic certiﬁcation veriﬁes that your farm or handling facility located anywhere in the world complies with the USDA organic regulations and allows you to sell, label, and represent your products as organic. These regulations describe the speciﬁc standards required for you to use the word “organic” or the USDA organic seal on food, feed, or ﬁber products. The USDA National Organic Program administers these regulations, with substantial input from its citizen advisory board and the public.
Your farm or handling facility may be certiﬁed by a private, foreign, or State entity that has been accredited by the USDA. These entities are called certifying agents and are located throughout the United States and around the world. Certifying agents are responsible for ensuring that USDA organic products meet all organic standards. Certiﬁcation provides the consumer, whether end-user or intermediate processor, assurance of the organic product’s integrity.
The USDA organic regulations recognize four categories of organic products:
All raw certiﬁed organic products may be labeled with the USDA organic seal. To learn more about organic labeling, including which processed or multiingredient products may use the USDA organic seal, visit www.ams.usda.