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Patience and persistence win new markets for non-GMO label (June 21, 2013)Back

by Dave Carter in New Hope 360 Blog

Patience and persistence.

Those words will never be listed on an ingredients panel.

But they are the key ingredients behind the new Non-GMO Project Verified labels on meat, poultry and egg products.

Hidden Villa Ranch and Pitman Farms last year teamed with the Non-GMO Project to seek approval for a label that would inform consumers of egg products, poultry and meat that had been sourced from animals fed an exclusive diet verified to meet the project's audit-based standards.

These companies and others invested considerable resources to develop sources of feed that are tested to be verified as non GMO. The only way to recapture those investments was to be able to market the added value of those products to their customers.

A growing number of shelf-stable food products already carry the Non-GMO Project logo. But, the USDA is required to approve any new label claims for perishable items like meat, poultry and egg products. So, the producers and the Non-GMO Project went to the USDA. And that's where they hit a brick wall.

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Authenticity Matters

Today's customers want to know the facts behind the food they buy. Packaging with pastoral farm images no longer suffices; these customers want to know the people and practices involved in bringing food from the farms to their tables.

An increasingly complex web of governmental regulation and private certification seek to provide customers with that information. This sea of certification protocols and label claims can be overwhelming for manufacturers and customers alike.

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