GFCP Expands Technical Team to Support Growing Gluten-Free Industry.

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Dr. Anika Singh Joins the Gluten-Free Certification Program in the Role of Manager, Compliance & Technical Services.

Having Dr. Singh join our technical team will be a huge asset for ACG and allow us to better respond to our customer needs, as we continue to work with food safety regulators and enforcement agencies around the globe to harmonize the Standards & Polices

The Allergen Control Group (ACG), owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP), is proud to announce a new position in the Canadian office, created to further support the technical demand from a growing customer base throughout North America and the world.

“We are very proud to welcome Anika Sign, Ph.D., to fill the new and dedicated Manager of Compliance & Technical Services position", states Frank Massong, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Services. “Having Dr. Singh join our Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) technical team will be a huge asset for ACG and allow us to better respond to our customer needs, as we continue to work with food safety regulators and enforcement agencies around the globe to harmonize the GFCP Standards & Polices for all our stakeholders.”

Dr. Singh is an expert food scientist with a Ph.D. degree in Food Science from McGill University. She has extensive work experience (7 years) in various novel food processing techniques such as thermal, high pressure, pulsed light & microwave processing and has conducted lab work on food safety and microbial validation. Being well aware of HACCP regulations and requirements she will contribute effectively to ensuring compliance with existing or changing regulatory or corporate requirements. Dr. Singh has 20 publications in various journals/ conferences and more than 3 years of R&D experience in food processing, gained while working on various industrial projects establishing process and validation techniques.

In her new role, Dr. Singh will direct her efforts to apply the fundamentals of food safety and quality to various gluten-free and allergen processes in order to minimize the associated health risks for consumers requiring a medically diagnosed diet. “There is no doubt that the trademarks of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) are making life easier for people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity” says Dr. Singh. “This brings a level of credibility to the manufacturing process, which a self-declared gluten-free claim cannot offer. This position will also help me strengthen my leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills as it will allow me to work directly with experts in gluten management such as academics, government, certification bodies, food safety auditors, accreditation bodies and food ingredient suppliers and manufacturers in North America and worldwide”.

Dr. Singh will represent ACG and take an active role in such industry organizations as the Institute of Food Technologists. She will also be responsible for building and maintaining the technical relationships between the GFCP and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (Beyond Celiac) and the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) as well as ACG’s licensed globally positioned third-party Certification Bodies. Screening and ongoing training of qualified food auditors, and setting new policies and procedures for periodic technical updates to the GFCP Standards & Policies and the GFCP Manual will also be a priority.

About the Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG)
The Allergen Control Group Inc. is a privately held corporation which owns and operates the Gluten-Free Certification Program which is endorsed exclusively by the NFCA (operating as Beyond Celiac) in the USA and the CCA in Canada. http://www.glutenfreecert.com

About the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA operating as Beyond Celiac)
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.beyondceliac.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

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