Cert ID Europe, the leading European certification business has joined forces with HACCP Australia to launch the first non-GMO certification programme for the Australian food industry, which will be managed by a specialist entity known as GMO-ID Australia.
GMO-ID Australia will follow the same principles of Cert ID’s non-GMO certification standard, recognised within the European food industry as the benchmark for Non-GMO identity preservation and the most robust standard of its kind, trusted by all major retailers and brands worldwide.
The new certification scheme is being launched in response to growing consumer concern in Australia about genetically modified products in the marketplace. HACCP Australia’s experts in the field of certification and the food industry will deliver the new GMO-ID Australia programme which covers all type of product and manufacturing processes where the identification of non-GMO is of importance to the consumer.
Martin Stone Director of HACCP Australia said; "Australians are discerning and share the same concerns about GMO products as other consumers throughout the world. By adopting independent third party non-GMO certification, food manufacturers can offer retailers, and in turn consumers, the certainty that products have not been genetically compromised with GM materials. This allows consumers to make an informed choice about what they purchase."
Richard Werran, Managing Director of Cert ID Europe said; "The Cert ID Non-GMO Certification scheme is unique and requires a dedicated operational platform which GMO-ID Australia, with its team of technical experts and in-depth knowledge of the Australian food market, is well placed to deliver."
The Cert ID Non-GMO Standard was formally launched in 1999. Its approach was ground-breaking because it moved stand-alone Identity Preservation systems based upon testing into a quality assurance approach integrating HACCP with PCR testing as validation throughout the whole supply chain. Since its launch, the standard has been expanded and is now on version 5.1 and is recognised as the most robust standard of its kind.