AUBURN, Wash. (Feb. 27, 2019)—The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, will be sharing the benefits of North America’s largest gluten-free product certification program at Natural Products Expo West on March 7-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, Calif. Visitors to Booth 474 will learn why the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, now certifies more than 52,000 products in 47 countries. Hundreds of the manufacturers at the Expo have obtained GFCO certification to earn the trust of retailers and consumers.
Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, draws thousands of retailers and manufacturers interested in the newest and hottest products shaping the marketplace, making it the perfect venue to showcase why GFCO is different from other certification programs. Sought after by brands, GFCO sets the highest standards in quality control and assurance for gluten-free certification. Unlike other programs, GFCO not only certifies that a company’s processes meet its requirements, but it also tests that the actual products produced meet a 10 ppm-or-less standard—stricter than the 20 ppm required by the FDA for gluten-free labeled products. Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards.
“We are excited and proud that hundreds of the market’s hottest products introduced at Expo West over the years are now certified by GFCO,” said Chris Rich, vice president of marketing and development, GIG. “The latest diet trends and product growth categories may change every year, but consumers with celiac disease and gluten-intolerance will always need gluten-free products they can trust and enjoy, and we are here to support that need.”
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 29 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.
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