Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
The GFCP is a voluntary certification program based on a preventative, science-based approach for managing the safe production of gluten-free products. The GFCP was launched with consensus from consumer and industry associations, retailers, manufacturers, and government agencies. Today, the GFCP is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with the launch of a new website http://www.glutenfreecert.com. The new website's North American presence comes just in time for the FDA’s August 2014 regulatory requirements for making a gluten-free claim. Companies adopting the GFCP’s global approach and requirements can now market products easily in numerous countries around the world with the help of GFCP’s universal standards.
The Program is endorsed by North America’s most trusted consumer celiac societies, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA). These endorsements are communicated to consumers through the NFCA and CCA GFCP certification trademarks on product packaging and marketing collateral across North America with expansion in Europe and Australia coming soon.
Products displaying the GFCP trademark have been manufactured in facilities, which successfully undergo robust, non-biased, annual third party audits. This audit verifies the facility’s ability to routinely meet the stringent GFCP standard requirements for managing the production of gluten-free products. GFCP has trained over 100 qualified auditors worldwide to assist global manufacturers, retailers and co-manufacturers in achieving this endorsed trademark of safety and assurance. Paul Valder, president of GFCP, is excited to launch the new website, logo and expanded consulting services recognizing all efforts, that have gone into making the GFCP a well-managed food safety program addressing global consumer, retailer and manufacturer needs.
Today the Gluten-Free Certification Program provides consumers the ability to shop with confidence by selecting those safe, reliable and gluten-free products displaying a GFCP trademark. Teresa Anderson, a recently diagnosed celiac consumer, posted this remark online: “I am a Celiac and I am so thankful for your GFCP certification program. It makes it really quick for me to pick items when I am shopping. I appreciate looking for the label, to be able to identify safe food that I can eat. I am newly diagnosed, so this is something that is really helpful.”
About the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP)
The GFCP is a voluntary certification program owned and operated by the Allergen Control Group Inc. and is designed to help brand owners differentiate their gluten-free products from the increasing clutter of gluten-free claims, by displaying the GFCP trademark. Based on a robust, third-party audit certification process at the manufacturing facility, the GFCP trademark verifies their ability to regularly meet the stringent GFCP requirements, when managing gluten as part of their food safety programs.
The GFCP is endorsed by North America's leading celiac organizations, the Canadian Celiac Association in Canada and the NFCA in the United States. Consumers can shop with confidence by selecting those safe, reliable and gluten-free products displaying the GFCP trademark. http://www.glutenfreecert.com.
About the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. For more information, visit http://www.CeliacCentral.org.
About the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)
The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten, and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. Based in Mississauga, Ontario with 28 Chapters across the country, its mission includes advocacy, education, research and community support. http://www.celiac.ca.