Non-GMO vs. Non-GMO Project Verified

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are organisms whose genetic material has been manipulated in a lab. This creates genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

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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 or below 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.

Non-GMO Project Verified FAQs

In today’s competitive market it is in a farmer’s best interest to produce at or below the Non-GMO Project Verified threshold requirements to ensure procurement viability for their crops.