Non-GMO Certification has arrived!
Organic certifier BioGro NZ has released a new Non-GMO certification programme available to BioGro licensees from 1st September 2017.
BioGro is New Zealand’s largest organic certifier, working with more than 700 farmers, growers and manufacturers of organic produce and products throughout the South Pacific.
BioGro chief executive Donald Nordeng recognises the need for transparency, not only for certified organic products, but those claiming to be Non-GMO also. BioGro recently led a World Of Good Campaign, to get consumers to look for certification logos when purchasing their products, and they continue to encourage this beyond organic certification.
“Consumers actively look for products that are Non-GMO, due to the associated risks that come with Genetic Modification – yet there were no New Zealand programmes available” Mr Nordeng says.
“It’s not often known, but if you are certified organic, you already have the procedures in place to hold Non-GMO certification. This programme, and the associated logos will show consumers that they can trust a product is authentic”
It has recently been recognised that false claims and ‘greenwashing’ can be used to help make products seem more ethical than they are – without a credible logo to prove that claim, consumers can’t be sure that this is genuine.
“with the integrity that the BioGro certification logos hold, we hope we can give consumers comfort in the rigorous processes our licensees go through to show their practices are real, and by extending our programme range we hope this leads to much more transparency within the market”
The Non-GMO certification programme is only available to BioGro licensees that are Certified Organic. There are further announcements to be made in the coming months, which BioGro look forward to revealing soon…
For more information on the BioGro, go to www.biogro.co.nz
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