Nation’s first values-focused program to authenticate lifestyle, dietary, religious, sourcing and chemicals of concern labeling claims

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In response to consumer demand for improved transparency and trustworthiness in product, sourcing and production practice claims, independent public health and safety organization NSF International announces Consumer Values Verified. The new program guides food manufacturers, marketers and retailers as they navigate the often complicated path to certification and will bring increased credibility to manufacturers’ labeling claims. 

NSF International’s official launch of Consumer Values Verified takes place at the Food Marketing Institute’s FMI Connect 2015 in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, June 8-11, in booth #2954.

The innovative program can harmonize multiple verifications and inspections into one fluid process. This increases efficiency and can reduce costs for companies trying to reach and inform today’s increasingly health- and environmentally-conscious consumers.

Consumer Values Verified provides reassurance throughout the marketplace by substantiating claims in five core values areas important to today’s consumers: lifestyle, dietary, religious, sourcing and chemicals of concern. Current third-party verifications include:

  • Non-GMO Project Verified ( Lifestyle Values)
  • NSF International Certified Gluten-Free  (Dietary Values)
  • True Source Honey (Sourcing Values)
  • Kosher (Religious Values)

NSF International will announce additional labeling claim verifications later this year.

According to an April 2014 study by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, environmental, safety and social concerns are crucial determinants to most U.S. consumers. More than ever, consumers are aware of misleading food labeling practices, and they want greater standardization and transparency of food labeling, the study revealed.

“We know today’s food manufacturers often feel challenged to keep up with consumer demands and trends with a sea of ever-changing regulations and consumer concerns.  It’s why NSF International’s Consumer Values Verified program was created –we help companies offer meaningful labeling claims that bring trust to the marketplace,” said Jaclyn Bowen, Director of NSF International’s  Consumer Values Verified Program. “We provide peace of mind to manufacturers who seek to verify their packaging claims with a trusted authority.”

Learn more about NSF International Consumer Values Verified by visiting or contacting Nova Sayers at or +1 (734) 913-5710.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF International Consumer Values Verified Director Jaclyn Bowen, contact Sylvia R. Tawse at or (303) 913-9650.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP), plus , Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.