AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 6, 2018)—The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, has accredited Control Union Certifications as a certifying body for its Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program. As one of the largest gluten-free certification programs in the world, GFCO certifies food, beverages, nutritionals/supplements, personal care products and manufacturing facilities worldwide. Control Union Certifications is an independent, internationally operating certification body that carries out inspections and issues certificates.
“We are excited to join with GFCO to offer our clients the opportunity to obtain this well-recognized gluten-free certification in the industry,” said Jan Frans Bastiaanse, managing director, Control Union Certifications. “Control Union Certification’s approach has always been to design services that meet our client’s evolving needs. With gluten-free being one of the fastest growing consumer life and health choice markets, our multi-trained auditors can offer a one-stop-shop approach that will help companies become GFCO certified along with maintaining their other certification programs.”
Success in the gluten-free marketplace hinges on consumer confidence in the products and manufacturing process. GFCO sets the highest standards in quality control and assurance for gluten-free certification, including risk assessment, plant audits, equipment testing and product testing both in the plant and at the point of consumer purchase. GFCO requires that all finished products using the GFCO logo contain 10 ppm or less of gluten. GFCO combines the process of stringent desk audits of ingredients and suppliers with regular on-site inspections and monitoring of testing results to ensure standards are met.
“We look forward to working with Control Union Certifications. With an active presence in more than 70 countries, Control Union Certifications is uniquely positioned to extend our international reach and the number of GFCO-certified products for consumers,” said Cynthia Kupper, CEO of GIG. “With the addition of Control Union Certifications supporting our GFCO program, consumer goods manufacturers now have greater flexibility in obtaining and managing their GFCO certification.”
About Control Union Certifications
Control Union is an independent, international inspection and certification body, which is officially approved by the leading accreditation bodies worldwide. We offer a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programs with an in-depth understanding of the importance of impartiality and objectivity, and how to professionally manage conflicts of interest.
Control Union presents a wide range of programs in agriculture, food, feed, forest products, textiles and bio energy. Control Union has been operating for nearly 100 years in the field of logistics, quality, certifications and risk management. Our extensive knowledge and experience covers all aspects of the supply chain in many industries including agriculture, energy, forestry, sustainability and textiles. To learn more about Control Union go to www.certifications.controlunion.com
About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)
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 45 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 www.gluten.org.