25 July, 2017| 0 Comments WRITE A COMMENT
After months of meetings, countless reviews and mountains of paperwork, today we are thrilled to announce that we have been certified gluten-free through the GFCO program by the Gluten Intolerance Group.
We’re committed to product safety and wanted to provide our gluten-free customers extra reassurance and peace of mind. The certification provides a seal of approval from an independent third party. It also proves that we’re committed to serving those who are gluten-free.
Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat and related species. For most people, this protein is easily digested and has no effect on their overall health.
But those who are allergic or intolerant to gluten are unable to digest the protein, causing pain, discomfort and long-term damage to their bodies.
Wheat can be used as a filler in dietary supplements. Goods may also become cross-contaminated in the manufacturing process. For example, the facility may not use separate machinery for gluten-free items or store ingredients properly.
Does gluten-free mean there is zero gluten in the product? The short answer is 'no'. The FDA definition of the term “gluten-free” is less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.
GIG is one of the top certification programs worldwide as it holds companies to the strictest standard at 10 ppm of gluten or less. That’s half the amount allowed by current FDA guidelines.
The GFCP is a management system and facility-based certification. This means that the program does not rely solely on product testing — it also examines the entire production process.
They do this through product reviews, onsite inspections, testing and ongoing compliance activities, including random testing.
Getting certified is a long process. Each step is examined and corrected, from ingredient sourcing to employee training, cleaning practices, cross-contact controls, operational management and, finally, an effective testing plan.
Of course, certification is not the be-all end-all of supplement and food safety. But we hope that by undergoing this voluntary certification, we have demonstrated our commitment to the safety and wellness of our customers, no matter their dietary requirements.