The Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG) owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) recently announced its sponsorship and participation in the upcoming 2015 Safe Quality Food (SQF) International Conference, to be held this November 3-5 at the JW Marriott Hotel, in Indianapolis, IN.
Approximately 8 to 10 percent of the North American population is medically diagnosed with either celiac disease or non-gluten sensitivity. Since there is no cure for this condition, these consumers must resort to a strict gluten-free diet, for life. Paul Valder, president of ACG said that “informing food retailers and manufacturers about the most effective approach to producing safe, reliable gluten-free product claims is key and the 2015 SQF Conference provides an ideal educational platform to do this.”
As part of the Conference segment “Express Learning Bites” ACG presented two 30-minute sessions titled, “Gluten-Free Global Threshold Wars – How Safe is Safe?” on November 4 and 5.
“Our intent is also to support the many global Certification Bodies in attendance, who are approved by ACG to professionally manage the GFCP ISO-based third-party audit and certification process” stated Allen Rekunyk, vice president of business development at ACG.
Globally approved ACG certification bodies include AIB International, AsureQuality Ltd., bQb-Cert LLC, Bureau de normalization du Québec, BSI Group ANZ Pty Ltd., Eagle Certification Group, Intertek, Orion, Perry Johnson Registrars Food Safety, Inc., SAI-Global, Silliker Global Certification Services and SGS.
Delegates that attended this year’s 2015 SQF Conference and sought to learn more about successfully implementing the GFCP Standard visited the exhibit space located in the “Solutions Showcase.”
For more information, visit www.glutenfreecert.com, www.celiaccentral.org or www.celiac.ca.