Top three benefits of implementing BRCGS Gluten-Free Certification in your food business

 

The demand for gluten-free products remains strong in both the foodservice and retail sectors. Over 100 million North Americans are currently buying gluten-free products and the global gluten-free food market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8% from 2022 to 2030.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought general rising health and wellness-related concerns into focus. Consumption of healthy food products to prevent health disorders, such as heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, chronic pulmonary disease, and metabolic syndrome are driving the growth of this market.

The global prevalence of celiac disease is approximately 1% and rising. There is currently no cure for celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, nor is there any on the horizon. More recent science indicates that mere avoidance of gluten for sufferers is not enough, therefore the only mitigation or treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. Foods produced at sites certified to BRCGS’ Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) will satisfy that essential need.

By participating in the Gluten-Free Certification Program, sites can communicate their commitment to producing safe, reliable and trusted gluten-free products for consumers across the globe through the use of a range of six dedicated trademarks.

  • AOECS Crossed-Grain trademark
  • Canadian Celiac Association trademark
  • Beyond Celiac (USA) trademark
  • Acelmex (Mexico) trademark
  • Acelmex Latin America trademark
  • BRCGS’ Informed Gluten-Free trademark

 

Here are the top three benefits of implementing the GFCP in your facility.

1. SAFE - The GFCP is recognised by the Celiac community as being a trustworthy, reliable source of foods which are safe to eat

The long-term outcome of the GFCP is to promote a management system approach to prevent failures that could harm the public. Correctly applied, a site’s gluten-free management system will provide a very strong level of protection from failure, and if failure does occur, it will enable the rapid identification and management of risks and deviations. The GFCP has been set up to ensure that both dedicated and non-dedicated gluten-free sites are equally capable of meeting the requirements of the Standard, without compromising the safety of products. The gluten controls required in the Standard can easily be woven into the existing Food Safety Management System in place at the site.

Increasing the availability of gluten-free products that conform to regulatory requirements will enable market expansion and should, at the same time, reduce the burden of government enforcement. Consumers will benefit by having increased confidence in their purchases, wider availability, and variety of choice. Using our trusted, on-pack trademarks will demonstrate to the consumer that your product has been produced in a facility which has undergone rigorous checks to ensure that it is safe for Celiac consumers.

 

2. RELIABLE - The GFCP is the only Program which is endorsed by the two leading Celiac Associations in North America, and has dedicated trademarks for use in the UK and Europe.

Beyond Celiac in the United States and the Canadian Celiac Association in Canada both endorse the GFCP and lend their trademarks to the Program. The GFCP is the only Program which is endorsed by either of these two very influential Celiac groups. We also have exclusive rights for the use of Acelmex’s two trademarks aimed at the Mexican and Latin American markets.

In 2021, the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) and BRCGS put in place a combined Gluten-Free certification programme under the widely recognised Crossed Grain trademark, licensed by AOECS. This gives any suitably certified GFCP site permission to use the AOECS Crossed Grain trademark in all 37 European territories covered by the AOECS.

BRCGS’ Informed Gluten-Free trademark is also available to be used for products sold outside of North America.

 

3. GLUTEN-FREE - Independent third-party audits

BRCGS’ has around 250 approved, independent, third-party certification bodies who are able to conduct GFCP audits across the globe. GFCP audits may be performed as a 1.5 to 2-day standalone audit or combined with your BRCGS Food Safety or START! audit. Combining your audits is the most efficient way to gain certification, as the GFCP audit will add 0.5 days to your BRCGS Food Safety or START! audit duration. Combining your audits also reduces costs associated with auditor travel time and certification body expenses, while reducing audit fatigue within your staff.

The certification process for the GFCP is identical to the BRCGS Food Safety process. Sites will have 28 days to close any non-conformances, before certification is granted a maximum of 14 days later. If your GFCP audit is combined with your Food Safety audit, the GFCP re-audit due date and expiry date will continue to match that of the Food Safety certification.

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