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Cargill Verifies 13 Food Ingredients with Non-GMO Project

March 14, 2017
Cargill is expanding its line of non-GMO ingredients. Image courtesy of USDA NRCS Florida
Cargill is expanding its line of non-GMO ingredients. Image courtesy of USDA NRCS Florida

Cargill obtained non-GMO status verification by the Non-GMO Project for 13 food ingredients, expanding its line of food ingredients verified by the organization, the Minneapolis, MN-based company announced March 10.

“Non-GMO Project Verification remains the most trusted emblem for consumers seeking non-GMO food options,” Lea Buerman, quality and regulatory manager at Cargill Food Safety, said in a press release. “We continue to work closely with the Non-GMO Project and hope to have even more Cargill ingredients verified in the near future.”

The ingredients verified were: Stevia sweeteners, dry corn (mill, grits, flour), glucose heirloom syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrin, maltodextrin, modified food starch, native starch, mid oleic sunflower oil, Clear Valley High Oleic Canola Oil, soybean oil, chicory inulin, and erythritol (using corn feedstock).

A new non-GMO ingredient identity preservation system, Cargill KnownOrigins, was also recently introduced, providing food and beverage manufacturers with testing, approval, and evaluation protocols to make non-GMO claims.

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According to the company, the key features of the new KnownOrigins offering are:

- Transparency back to producers – Each farmer in Cargill’s non-GMO producer program is identifiable so that non-GMO soybeans, corn, and high oleic canola can be traced back to producers.

- Testing to verify non-GMO status – Testing is performed on either harvest bin composites, incoming truck deliveries, or the finished ingredient to ensure Cargill’s non-GMO ingredient products comply with the agreed-to non-GMO standard (e.g. Non-GMO Project Verification, European Union).

- Stringent raw material evaluation and approval protocols are used for all raw materials and processing aids

- Cargill’s specific segregation, cleaning, and flushing procedures protect against cross-contact with GMO ingredients and ensure that co-mingling levels are within the agreed-to non-GMO standard.

- Cargill’s non-GMO production facilities operate under food Good Manufacturing Practices that have been verified by industry-leading Global Food Safety Initiative certification agencies.

- Internal review by Cargill’s legal, regulatory, and food safety experts

“Cargill is uniquely positioned to help our customers translate growing consumer demand for non-GMO products into profitable growth,” said Buerman. “Cargill’s combination of the industry’s broadest portfolio of non-GMO ingredients, well-established crop sourcing programs and our KnownOrigins identity preservation process enables our customers to scale production with confidence and get to market quickly with new non-GMO products.”