Non-GMO Project Verified products may be produced using similar processes as conventional Non-GMO products; however, a Non-GMO Project Verified seal means that a product has completed a comprehensive third-party verification program for compliance with the rigorous Non-GMO project standard. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal means best practices were followed to avoid the use of GMOs
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Ongoing testing of any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product.
Food grade items are accepted as Non-GMO Verified if they test at orbelow a 0.9% contamination rate and feed grade items are accepted with a 5% or lower contamination rate.
Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems.
After the test, rigorous traceability and segregation practices are to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
For ingredients not being grown commercially in GMO form, a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets is done to determine absence of GMO risk.
Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products.
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- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 5,000 acres)
Appendix B of the Non-GMO Project Standard lists a number of high-risk inputs, including those derived from GMO microorganisms, the above crops, and animal and bee products due to feed or forage containing these crops or their derivatives.
- Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
- Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
- Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
- Cucurbita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)