Intertek Becomes Approved Certification Body for German Food Quality Scheme VLOG
August 26, 2021
Linden, Germany: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce that it is now an approved certification body for VLOG (Verband Lebensmittel Ohne Gentechnik). VLOG is a German quality scheme that promotes food manufacturing without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), also engaging in consumer education.
Since 2004, the EU has required labels for foods and animal feed products that contain GMO ingredients, but there is no mandatory labeling requirement. In 2008, Germany created its own legislation establishing a voluntary GMO-free labeling program. The law set standards for the voluntary labeling of non-GMO plant-based foods and for products derived from livestock fed with non-GMO feed. In 2010, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture delegated authority to administer the voluntary GMO-free labeling standard to the Verband Lebensmittel “Ohne Gentechnik” (Association for Food without Genetic Engineering), or VLOG.
As an approved VLOG certifier, Intertek will support companies in attaining the VLOG seals. VLOG awards licenses for the use of two seals. One is the standardized seal “Ohne GenTechnik” [Non-GMO], used on retail packaging of food products that meet its standard. The second is the “VLOG geprüft” [VLOG-verified],reserved for animal feed in B2B relations. Currently, more than 13,000 food products are labelled with the “Ohne GenTechnik” seal.
Calin Moldovean, Intertek President of Business Assurance and Food Services, said, “We are honoured to have been approved as a VLOG certifier, which will enable Intertek to further support our clients with their quality and certification requirements. Food safety, hygiene and testing is increasingly important to our customers, who in turn are seeing greater demand from their end consumers for more transparency and traceability. As a leader in food safety testing activities, we are continuously working to deliver end-to-end, innovative, Total Quality Assurance solutions for our clients’ mission- critical needs, and we look forward to supporting VLOG with their certification needs.”
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