Nutrasource announces receipt of patent for IGEN program

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Guelph, ON—Nutrasource has announced the receipt of a USTPO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) on “Methods for the detection of genetically modified organisms” for the IGEN certification program. The International Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Assessment and Notification Program verifies label claims for the presence of GMOs in products and ingredients.

FDA and Health Canada regulations currently do not require companies to declare a product’s GMO status, according to a press release from Nutrasource. The guidelines in North America only call for voluntary labeling of GMOs.

“We are delighted to announce the receipt of this patent for our IGEN program as we continually aim to increase consumer confidence by promoting transparency,” said William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource, in the release. Press. “The IGEN certification program was designed specifically to certify that everything from herbal supplements and vitamins to food ingredients does not contain any of the GMO genes and proteins found in common bioengineered crops. “

The IGEN certification mark works by encouraging food and dietary supplement companies to voluntarily test their products for the presence of GMOs and display their GMO status on their labels.

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Currently, Whole Foods Market requires non-GMO label claims on products found in stores to be substantiated by one of these third-party standards:

  • GMO-free project
  • NSF Non-GMO
  • USDA Organic (or equivalent international program)
  • Nutrasource iGen (for supplements only)

“While there is no conclusive evidence that GMOs have a direct or immediate effect on human health, many are concerned about the long-term health and environmental impacts of genetic engineering,” Rowe added. . “As a result, consumers demand that GMO products be labeled so that they can be better informed about what they are buying.”

A list of IGEN certified products is available here.

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