Is the label verified?
Yes
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Yes
Are the label standards publicly available?
Yes
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Yes
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Yes
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Yes

This label can be found on: Processed foods and beverages, fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy products, meat, fish, eggs

ORGANIZATION: The Non-GMO Project

url: www.nongmoproject.org

LABEL STANDARDS: www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/the-standard/

 

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What this label means 

A closer look at the standards 

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How meaningful is this label? 

The Non-GMO Project Verified seal is a highly meaningful label for consumers wishing to avoid GMOs in the foods they buy and to support farmers who don’t use GMOs.

For consumers wishing to avoid GMOs in the foods they purchase, it is especially important to look for verification of a non-GMO claim, like the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, on products with ingredients that are commonly derived from genetically engineered organisms, including corn, soybeans, canola oil, and sugar from sugar beets.

Even on products whose ingredient list does not contain the words “corn” or “soybeans” (for example, “corn syrup” or “soy protein isolate”), the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is helpful. Consumers may not know that some added ingredients are made from crops that are at high risk of being GMO. For example, ingredients such as dextrose, maltodextrin, and citric acid are often made from corn, yet the source material (corn) is not not required to appear on the label.

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Is the label verified?

Yes.

Producers who wish to have their product verified work with a technical administrator, which is a certification body approved by the Non-GMO Project to assess compliance with the standard on behalf of the project.

All facilities are required to be inspected annually, with some exceptions (e.g., if the facility only handles low-risk inputs), to ensure compliance with traceability and segregation requirements.

The standards also include a testing component as part of the verification process. Testing is carried out by an accredited laboratory that is approved by the Non-GMO Project. They also manage a surveillance testing program to verify compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. The surveillance testing includes random checking for compliance with the action thresholds and verifying appropriate use of the seal.   

Testing is not required for low-risk inputs; instead, affidavits may be used to confirm compliance.


Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes. All products with the Non-GMO Project Verified label have to be verified by the Non-GMO Project and meet the requirements in the Non-GMO Project Standard.

Are the label standards publicly available?
Is information about the organization publicly available?

Yes.

Board of Directors: The organization lists members of its Board of Directors and their affiliations on its website.

Financial information: Financial information for the Non-GMO Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is publicly available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Yes.

Standards development: The Standards Oversight Committee proposes revisions to the standard, and the Board of Directors, which holds final decision-making authority, votes on standard revisions. The Terms of Reference require that extensive efforts are made to achieve consensus between the Standards Oversight Committee and the board regarding the content of the standard. The Non-GMO Project has a conflict of interest policy for the Board of Directors. None of the members on the Standards Oversight Committee are employees of companies with verified products.

Verification: We verified that all technical administrators used by the Non-GMO Project have conflict of interest policies and use inspectors that are free from conflict of interest.

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

Yes.

Standards development: The standards were developed with broad industry input, and draft standards were made available to the public for comment.

Standards updates: When standards are updated, they are posted on the website, and public comments are accepted during each updating cycle.