Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal
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Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Revised-Seal-copyWe all want to be able to make the best food choices for our families. Reading the labels on packages of food can help. Unfortunately, the current food labels don’t point out if there are any GMO ingredients in a package. That is why you should look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. It identifies products that were made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance. They only allow products that have gone through their verification process to display their seal.

They require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients. Any ingredient that was being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product. They use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This matches up with the laws in the European Union (where any product that contains more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). They also require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed, in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.

It should be pointed out that the products that receive the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal are not 100% GMO free. Instead, the label offers a true statement that acknowledges the reality of contamination risk from GMOs in the products that have the label. It is also worth knowing that foods that have the phrase “GMO free” on their labels have not necessarily gone through any testing or checking for GMOs. The best way to be certain about the amount of GMO ingredients in a food is to see if it has the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.

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