Gluten-Free Certification Program
Perry Johnson Registrars Food Safety, Inc. is proud to announce that we are now offering gluten-free certification audits. The Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG) manages, administers, and markets the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) in partnership with a brand endorsement from the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in the United States. The certification program helps consumers shopping for gluten-free foods, to make informed choices, through an easily identifiable, safe, reliable and trustworthy product trademark.
The GFCP is a preventative food safety approach which effectively manages gluten hazards throughout the manufacturing process. The audit process can be combined with another certification audit such as SQF, BRCGS, HACCP or GMP. It can also serve as a standalone audit. GFCP is different than other gluten-free certifications because its foundation is based on globally accepted HACCP and food safety management systems. This means that all potential hazards including gluten must be identified, documented, verified and the internal systems validated.
Major market drivers for the sale of gluten-free products include the need for those suffering from celiac disease to adhere to a gluten-free diet for life, combined with health benefits associated with eating healthy. Until now, the high price of gluten-free products has restricted market growth, however with the projected increase of gluten-free private label brands entering the market there is expected to be an overall increase of available and reasonably priced gluten-free products. Currently, the majority of gluten-free food production globally is dominated by U.S. companies. As the consumer demand for gluten-free products continues to grow, the need for those brand owners to effectively manage risk and meet regulatory requirements, creates the need for a higher standard of certification.
When a manufacturing facility successfully completes the audit processes they will be recommended for certification by PJRFSI. Upon certification the gluten-free brands manufactured in that facility may then use the GFCP trademark on their product packaging. Products sold in Canada display the Canadian Celiac Association (www.celiac.ca) endorsed trademark, while products sold in the USA will display the GFCP trademark endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (www.celiaccentral.org). This aids consumers with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity to select safe and reliable gluten free products. Additional marketing and advertising may be available with certification, to help create additional consumer awareness for those gluten-free products identified coming from a certified manufacturing facility.
If you would like to receive a Free Quote from PJRFSI, please fill out the Gluten-Free Certification Program Audit – APPLICATION below and return it by email to [email protected].
For more information on the Gluten-Free Certification Program and to apply please visit www.glutenfreecertification.ca