SGS Becomes the First Certification Body Approved to Audit Against the GFCO Standard
SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company is now the first Certification Body approved to audit against the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) standards covering all regions of the world.
Developed in 2005 by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), GFCO is an industry program dedicated to offering independent certification services to producers of gluten-free products using quality assessment and control measures throughout production. Certification by GFCO, accredited to ISO 17065, provides assurance to consumers of the safety of their foods.
GFCO is one of the leading globally recognized, credible and robust gluten-free certification programs. It is currently the largest and fastest growing gluten-free certification organization in North America having certified more than 40,000 products from over 900 companies in 29 countries. It requires product reviews, onsite inspections, testing and ongoing compliance activities, including random testing.
Gluten-free third party certification aims to provide additional assurance to consumers suffering from gluten-related disorders that a product (food, drink or supplement) meets strict gluten-free standards, confirming the validity of a manufacturer’s gluten-free processes and substantiating their claims.
The GFCO audits will be conducted by SGS qualified auditors combined with SGS’s Food Safety certification audits, or as a stand-alone service.
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association funded by private donations, fundraising, sponsorship opportunities and industry programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the Gluten-Free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 70 local branches across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to over 29 countries. GIG empowers the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education.
The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification Program is a proven model of established best practices for food service facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit Gluten Intolerance Group website.
For more information contact:
Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou
Global Customized Solutions Manager
Food Safety & Quality
t: +44 (0)7824 089985
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.