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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.

How To Certify GF

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.

 

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Why is the Whole Grain Stamp so essential NOW?

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.

How does the Stamp help consumers better than current package labels?

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.

What types of products can use the Stamp?

A. All sorts of products can use the Stamp — bread, cereal, cake, cookies, crackers, granola, soups, stuffing, pie crusts, tortillas, chips, energy bars, pretzels, popcorn, pasta, flour, bagles, veggie burgers, mixes, wraps and more — as long as they contain at least half a serving — 8 grams — of whole grain per labeled serving.

The Stamp is even found on ice cream, yoghurt and sparkling juice beverages made with whole grains!

What kinds of grains qualify as 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.

What about flax and soy? Do they count as whole grain?

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.

How do companies qualify to use the Whole Grain Stamp?

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.)

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What is Organic Certification?

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.

Who Certifies Farms or Businesses?

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.

What Can I Be Certified to Produce?

The USDA organic regulations recognize four categories of organic products:

  • Crops: A plant that is grown to be harvested as food, livestock feed, fiber, or used to add nutrients to the field.
  • Livestock: Animals that can be used for food or in the production of food, fiber, or feed.
  • Processed products: Items that have been handled and packaged (i.e. chopped carrots) or combined, processed, and packaged (i.e. soup).
  • Wild crops: Plants from a growing site that is not cultivated.

Is There a Transition Period?

Yes. Any land used to produce raw organic commodities must not have had prohibited substances applied to it for the past three years. Until the full 36-month transition period is met, you may not:
  • Sell, label, or represent the product as “organic”
  • Use the USDA organic or certifying agent’s sealUSDA provides technical and financial assistanceduring the transition period through its EnvironmentalQuality
  • Incentives Program (EQIP). Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/nrcs-eqip-apply.

Can I Use the USDA Organic Seal?

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.

How Do I Get Certified Organic?

To become certified, you must apply to a USDA-accreditedcertifying agent. They will ask you for information, including:

  • A detailed description of the operation to be certified.
  • A history of substances applied to land during the previous three years.
  • The organic products grown, raised, or processed.
  • A written Organic System Plan describing the practices and substances to be used.
  • The certification and annual recertification processes are described to the right and below respectively.
To learn more about the becoming certified to the USDA organic standards and to find a certifying agent, visit http://1.usa.gov/organic-certification.

Organic Certification Process

  1. 1- Producer or handler adopts organic practices; submits application and fees to certifying agent.
  2. 2- Certifying agent reviews applications to verify that practices comply with USDA organic regulations.
  3. 3- Inspector conducts an on-site inspection ofthe applicant’s operation
  4. 4- Certifying agent reviews the application andthe inspector’s report to determine if theapplicant complies with the USDA organicregulations.
  5. 5- Certifying agent issues organic certificate.
  6. 6- Producer or handlerprovides annual update tocertifying agent.
  7. 7- Inspectorconducts an onsiteinspection ofthe applicant’soperation.
  8. 8- Certifying agent reviewsthe application and theinspector’s report todetermine if the applicantstill complies with theUSDA organic <
    regulations