The GMO FREE voluntary certification standard allows the certification of the production of products intended for livestock feed.
This certification concerns the control carried out by operators in order to guarantee compliance with the limit of 0.9%, to be understood as a technically unavoidable and/or accidental maximum limit in the preparation processes of zootechnical feed.
- In the case of animal derivatives (milk, meat, cured meats, cheeses, eggs etc.), the certification is aimed at ensuring that the products derive from animals fed with zootechnical feed compliant with the previous point.
The certification is issued in an Accredia accredited environment on the basis of the common rules defined by RT-11 Accredia.
The previous revision of the standard concerned only some raw materials at risk of GMOs (soybeans and corn), while with the new version of RT-11 the guarantee is extended to all GMO plant species admitted at EU level (currently soy, corn, rapeseed , cotton and beet).
This certification is required by large scale retain channels and/or large Italian and international animal supply chains.
The NO-GMO certification is also recognized in the case of voluntary labelling regulations for beef and poultry with particular reference to zootechnical foods.
The standard requires:
- careful mapping of raw materials at GMO risk and the processing procedures involved,
- the adoption of supplier qualification systems and analytical control of raw materials,
- the adoption of actions to ensure the use of NO-GMO raw materials,
- the adoption of actions aimed at reducing the risk of cross contamination,
- analytical checks on final products,
- communication to the consumer.
In the presence of certified products, in an accredited environment, for the NO-GMO requirement it is possible to recognize the certification through the institution of “mutual recognition of accredited certifications”.