GFCP Adds Another Layer of Credibility

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In an attempt to increase the credibility and risk management assurances provided to their industry partners and consumer stakeholder groups, the Allergen Control Group (ACG), owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP), has formed a strategic business alliance with Canada-based Food Technology Consulting International Inc. (FTC) to globally deliver certified GFCP training services.

The GFCP is the leading science-based certification program for brand owners wishing to make a safe and reliable gluten-free product claim and is focused exclusively on annual certification of a site’s internal manufacturing and gluten management system, as opposed to relying on random end-product testing. The GFCP provides unique gluten-free brand building opportunities in partnership with North America’s most credible consumer-facing celiac organizations, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in the U.S. and the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) in Canada.

“We have chosen to align ourselves with FTC, due to their excellent 16-year reputation for designing, developing and delivering customized and effective food training programs and short courses for small or large groups in a diverse range of food safety and quality areas,” stated Paul Valder, president ACG. FTC is officially recognized to train and certify for many of the existing food and packaging standards benchmarked under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), in addition to providing certified training under the USA HACCP Alliance, GMPs (good manufacturing practices) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP).

Currently, GFCP’s globally situated and experienced third-party food safety auditors must initially undergo one full day of “face-to-face” training in the GFCP delivered from a GFCP Approved Training Provider, before they can become certified by ACG to conduct annual GFCP audits. In addition, all auditors must be registered with an ACG licensed certification body, accredited under ISO 17021.

Frank Massong, vice president of regulatory and technical services for ACG, believes that “this partnership with FTC will provide industry with more value and increased customer service when it comes to understanding how to determine and apply corrective actions and preventative measures to address gluten control manufacturing deficiencies and a full understanding into the nuances for meeting regulatory, customer and GFCP audit requirements.”

Effective May 2015, FTC will market, facilitate and conduct GFCP training on a global basis, delivering valuable and mandatory GFCP courses for retailers and manufacturers of foods, natural health products and drugs, including third-party certification training for auditors, consultants and approved training providers.

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