Certified Plant Based Protocol
The Certified Plant Based label makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable alternatives to meat, egg and dairy products. Whether they’re flexitarian or doing Meatless Mondays for health, the environment or animal welfare, Certified Plant Based provides assurance that these products fit their dietary needs. The plant-based food category has experienced double-digit growth year over year with non-dairy milks expected to make up almost half the milk category in the next five years.
NSF International is the certifier for this program which is owned by the Plant Based Foods Association. If you are already certified with NSF International for another food standard, Certified Plant Based is an easy add-on to your current services.
Products eligible for certification are meat, egg and dairy alternative products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. Additionally, fungi and algae, although not technically plants, will also be counted toward the percentage of plant-based ingredients.
The eligible categories include:
Products excluded from this program include:
Ingredients not of plant or animal origin are allowed for use in a Certified Plant Based product as long as individually or combined they do not exceed ten percent of the product formula (excluding water and salt). The following are ingredients approved under this section:
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