Non-GMO Project Verification

  • Overview
  • Benefits
  • Why Partner With NSF?
  • NSF Verification Process

As today’s consumers become more informed about food and its ingredients, many are choosing non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods. An independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF International found that more than half of U.S. consumers are very concerned about genetically modified food. In turn, food processors and retailers are responding with more non-GMO product offerings.

In response to this demand, NSF International is currently in a pilot phase with the Non-GMO Project as a third-party technical administrator to work with producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants to verify that foods have not been genetically modified.

If you would like to begin the Non-GMO Project verification process with NSF, please complete the enrollment form on the Non-GMO Project website and check the box “I would like to be considered for the NSF pilot program.”

For more information, please email nongmo@nsf.org.

Benefits

Non-GMO Project verification is now the fastest growing label in the North American food industry. Product sales are over $5 billion and include over 15,000 products. Non-GMO foods will account for 30 percent of U.S. food and beverage retail sales by 2017. U.S. retail sales of non-GMO foods and beverages are projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9 percent in the next five years, and could represent 30 percent of the market with a value of $264 billion in 2017, according to Packaged Facts.

Other benefits of Non-GMO Project verification include:

  • Increased opportunities for market share and market differentiators
  • Ability to meet consumer and retailer demand for non-GMO labeling
  • Access to global non-GMO markets
  • Comprehensive risk management
  • Compliance with emerging retail, industry and government requirements
  • Increased consumer confidence and loyalty
  • Independent, third-party credibility for non-GMO claims

Why Partner With NSF?

NSF has a clear understanding of complex GMO issues. When you choose us, you’re joining thousands of businesses that trust NSF International’s scientific and technical expertise to help demonstrate their products’ quality and safety. Our team of experienced program managers, inspectors and laboratory staff work together to provide you with seamless service and results you can trust.

Working with NSF also means you can bundle non-GMO with other verification services such as organic, gluten-free and other product claims, in addition to GFSI food safety certification. This will maximize your cost efficiencies and minimize operational disruptions.

NSF Verification Process

The core requirements of this process-based program are traceability, segregation and testing at critical control points to verify that products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. Your NSF certification project manager will guide you through the non-GMO verification process, which involves five basic steps. For more information, please visit the Non-GMO Project website.

Step 1: Application — In the initial stage of the process, NSF collects basic information about your products, ingredients, number of facilities, etc. You sign a participating company agreement and a licensing agreement.

Step 2: Document Submission — You supply detailed information about the product(s) you are submitting for review. This includes ingredient lists, production facility information, test results, etc.

Step 3: Document Review & Pre-Assessment — Once you have submitted your information, a technical evaluator reviews it. You may be asked to provide clarification or more information. You will receive a pre-assessment report and quote to approve at the end of this step.

At this point, you may choose to save time and money by combining Non-GMO Project verification inspection with a variety of NSF’s other food safety certification or label claims services. If you would like to add those services, just let your NSF project manager know.

Step 4: On-Site Inspection — If applicable, you schedule an on-site inspection with your certification project manager. This inspection can be bundled with your inspection for USDA organic certification or as required for gluten-free, SQF, BRC or CanadaGAP audits, and other claims.

Step 5: Certification and Ongoing Compliance — Once you’ve successfully completed the process, you are verified to the Non-GMO Project standard. You have the option to incorporate the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on your packaging in accordance with the licensing agreement.

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