Chances are, you have seen the “circle GF” label on the gluten-free items that you purchase at your local retail store. It’s arguably the most recognized symbol in the gluten-free community and trusted by many to ensure that the product that it is found on is safe for consumption. But did you know that this label is the certification mark provided by one of GIG’s Food Safety programs, the Gluten-Free Certification Organization? Established in 2005, GFCO is dedicated to providing certification services to producers of gluten-free products using quality assessment and control measures throughout production. Since it’s inception, GFCO has certified over 27,000 products from more than 800 companies in over 29 countries worldwide.
Given our position as a leading certification organization, we often get questions about this program. We’ve put together three of the most “popular” inquiries that we receive about GFCO and wanted to share them with you to help you to get to know everything that GIG provides for you, the gluten-free community.
Is GFCO certification accepted outside of the US?
Yes, and in those countries the manufacturers must meet the GFCO requirements as well as the gluten regulations of that country.
Does GFCO certify anything other than food?
Yes, we also certify cosmetics, personal care products, and nutritional supplements.
What is GFCO’s position on certifying products that use oats?
We consider all oats not endorsed by GFCO as a high risk ingredient and that, when non- GFCO certified oats are used by a manufacturer, these products must meet built-in additional requirements for certification.