The growing importance of non-GMO certification
Around the world, the demand for non-GMO feed and food is growing rapidly. Feed Navigator recently reported that Germany saw a 41 percent increase in the sale of GMO-free food in 2018 compared to 2017. Another double-digit increase is expected for 2019.
JOHAN DEN HARTOG
Managing Director, GMP+ International
June 27th, 2019
The market for non-GMO food in Germany now is almost as large as the market for organic food, according to VLOG (The German Association of Food without Genetic Engineering).
We see the same developments elsewhere. According to the American Non-GMO Project, sales of products bearing their verified seal increased by over 500 percent between 2013 and 2016. Of those products, food of animal origin like milk and dairy are the most popular.
Because of increasing demand in the market for non-GMO food and feed, GMP+ International last year introduced a new ‘GMO-free’ standard (GMP+ MI105 GMO Controlled). We developed this standard at the request of GMP+ FSA certified companies, that wanted to combine certification for feed safety and non-GMO. Our goal was to provide a ‘one stop shop – multiple certification’ solution.
This new standard, part of GMP+ Feed Responsibility Assurance (GMP+ FRA) module, was created in collaboration with experts from the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. Both VLOG and GMP+ International accept each other’s non-GMO standards as valid and equal.
As expected, GMP+ GMO Controlled proved to be popular among GMP+ FSA certified companies. At this moment, we have more than 116 certified locations in seven countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, and Ukraine.
While we expect further growth in France, Hungary and Denmark, we get signals from other regions as well.