Gluten Free Certification
Setting food safety standards for gluten-free food products
The market demand for gluten-free products is growing as more and more people are affected by gluten intolerance and sensitivities. The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) has created the Gluten-Free Certification Program in an effort to provide consumers with greater availability and choice in gluten-free foods that comply with Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations for these products.
Under these regulations, foods cannot be marketed as gluten-free - or in any way imply that they are gluten-free - unless they comply with these requirements. Gluten free products are those that do not contain barley, oats, rye, triticale, wheat, or any other modified gluten protein derived from the grains of these cereals.
Purpose & Benefits of Gluten Free Standards
While a clear intention of the gluten-free food safety standard is to provide consumers with confidence when purchasing gluten-free products, another goal is to encourage food producers, manufacturers, and distributors to increase gluten-free food options.
Participation in the standard certification is voluntary for producers and manufacturers, and participants are recognized and/or licensed to use a gluten-free certification logo on their products, providing an advantage with gluten-aware consumers.
Becoming Certified in the Gluten-Free Certification Program
This food certification standard is not intended to replace or duplicate existing HACCP food safety standards, but to build on them to support the gluten-free market.
The certification program includes meeting the prerequisites, including meeting specified requirements for the production or manufacturing premises and the equipment used therein, the storage and transportation of products, the personnel involved in handling products, and process for handling recalls. Management systems must include procedures for monitoring these elements of the production process, as well as procedures for managing deviations, verifications, and record keeping.
Orion can assist your organization in achieving recognition under the Gluten-Free Certification Program from the initial application request to the CCA, and through the required stages, which include:
Meeting with facility management to give an overview of the certification process
Preparing and submitting the application package for the GFCP Review
Conducting your on-site certification audit
Performing the annual reviews required to maintain your certification
Contact Orion Assessment today to get started towards your Gluten-Free certification