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When selling non-genetically engineered (non-GE) food and/or pet food, at all stages, the burden of proof is placed on the supply chain. The SGS NO GE Ingredients Supply Chain Process Verification Standard (US Version) helps organizations, irrespective of type or size, to supply verifiable non-GE products. Contact us to learn more.
The scope of verification can extend from a single actor in the supply chain to elements of, or even the whole, production process.
From the seed production, cultivation, harvest, transportation, collection, storing and processing to market release, we offer independent verification of the non-GE ingredient management system. This can also include the verification of legal requirements relating to labeling and traceability of GMOs.
The standard takes into consideration US federal and state guidance, proposed and passed laws, and subsequent regulations. The standard provides:
- Confirmation of the non-GE supply chain – from the seed through to cultivation and harvesting, transportation, collection, storage and processing until it reaches the retail market
- Verification of non-GE products, ingredients and manufacturing processes
- Product traceability system verifications to avoid cross-contact or co-mingling with GE ingredients throughout the supply chain
- Independent third-party assessment and verification by SGS
- Assessment and approval by SGS of any label statement regarding the non-GE status of the product
- Verification of an effective product market removal plan
The SGS NO GE Ingredients Supply Chain Process Verification Standard (US Version) can be applied to any article of food, beverages and pet food. It does not currently apply to animal feed.
The standard was originally developed in accordance with EU legislative labeling requirements for GE ingredients (EU Regulations 1829/2003 and 1830/2003). However, the standard has a global application and can be adapted for country-specific markets.
This version of the standard has been developed for the US market, taking into consideration US and state guidance, proposed and passed laws, and subsequent regulations. If any of these change, the corresponding details of the standard may be updated.
The standard is intended to be applied in combination with existing laws and regulations governing the labeling of food products. The SGS NO GE Ingredients Supply Chain Process Verification Standard (US Version) does not replace compliance with national and international regulations.
The SGS standard can be applied to all processes in the supply chain, including:
- Seed production and supply
The standard can also be applied to services delivered to the supply chain, including:
The standard also sets minimum requirements and references for sampling and laboratories, as well as analysis operations. Operators working in accordance with the requirements of the standard will be subject to annual surveillance audits to ensure that compliance is maintained.
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