Increasing numbers of consumers report a sensitivity to eating grain-based foods that contain gluten proteins, (from minor reactions to severe sensitivities that may be diagnosed as celiac disease), and wish to limit or eliminate their intake of them. ICS developed the Certified Gluten-Free Standard to help consumers make informed dietary choices that avoid gluten in the foods they purchase and consume.
“The new Certified Gluten-Free Standard is a convenient complement to our existing organic and sustainable certification services,” said Christina Dockter, ICS President and CEO. “ICS is now a one-stop solution for food manufacturers that market Certified Organic products in U.S. and international markets, and also want to differentiate their gluten-free products with a highly-credible certification. Clients and consumers can continue to depend on ICS’ high level of integrity and veracity in this new certification standard, just as in the other certifications we offer.”
Compliance with the ICS Certified Gluten-Free Standard is based on a combination of quantitative analysis of the ingredients and products being marketed as Certified Gluten-Free, along with required management practices aimed at minimizing the introduction of gluten proteins in the production stream.
The ICS Gluten Free Standard also includes guidelines and requirements on the kinds of labeling and marketing claims that may be made on Certified Gluten-Free products. This combination of verification of practices, analytical testing, and labeling guidelines creates a powerful regime to give purchasers of Certified Gluten-Free products a high level of confidence.
Learn more about the ICS Certified Gluten-Free Standard.