The Value of Gluten-Free Certification at Spark Change


Gluten Intolerance Group to Speak on the Value of Gluten-Free Certification at Spark Change from Natural Products Expo Virtual


AUBURN, Wash. (March 3, 2021)—The nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) will be giving a short live presentation, “Gluten-Free Certification Matters by GFCO,” at Spark Change: Spark Brand Success, a Natural Products Expo Virtual event on Wednesday, March 3 at 1:50 pm, MST. GIG will also be sharing information on its gluten-free certification and food safety programs in a virtual booth at the event being held March 2-4. Spark Change unites manufacturers, service providers, buyers and sellers through a series of focused meetings, educational sessions, speed networking sessions, product and services discovery activations and more.


Gluten-free certification matters to a larger market segment than most people would expect. The GFCO team will share the process and advantages of products becoming gluten-free certified. GIG regularly gets questions from consumers and manufacturers wanting to know what to look for in a gluten-free certification. This knowledge is essential because the quality and approach to certification varies widely and the consequences of contamination can be devastating for consumers and food manufacturers alike. GFCO is the only gluten-free certification that holds companies and products accountable through audits, random product testing and process surveillance. Recently, the non-profit organization made a design change to its GFCO mark to make it more easily identifiable on consumer products.


“Evaluating certifications can be a challenge even when you know what to look for as many of the certification entities don’t publish their standards online. Employing the expertise of a trusted third-party gluten-free certification program holds a number of potential benefits for food manufacturers. It reduces the risk of improperly designating a product as gluten-free and gives a manufacturer the credibility, recognition, and support that their gluten-free product meets or exceeds FDA standards,” said Jeanne Reid, marketing manager of GIG. “We are looking forward to sharing information about the value of gluten-free certification with Spark Change attendees.”


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About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety 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 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 47 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) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice 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


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