Non-GMO Project (Genetically Modified Organisims)

Non-GMO Project (Genetically Modified Organisims)

http://www.nongmoproject.org/consumers/understanding-our-seal/

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This label is not a guarantee that the product is 100% GMO free. The reason for this is that this program is process-based, using a set of best practices to avoid contamination. They do require testing of all ingredients (everything being grown in GMO form in North America), but they don’t require testing of every single finished product. Instead, testing can be done at any one of a number of places in the production chain, for example right after harvest. Following the test, which must indicate that the ingredient is below 0.9% GMO (in alignment with laws in the European Union), they require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure that the tested ingredients are what get used in the product. So in short, the seal means a product has been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients.

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