Guelph, ON—Nutrasource has announced the reception of a USTPO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) on “Methods for Detecting genetically modified organisms” for the IGEN certification program. The International Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) evaluation and Notification program verifies label claims about the presence of GMOs in products and ingredients.
FDA and Health Canada regulations do not currently require companies to declare a product’s GMO status, according to a press release from Nutrasource. Guidelines in North America only ask for voluntary GMO labeling.
“We are thrilled to announce the reception of this patent for our IGEN program, as we continuously aim to increase consumer confidence promoting transparency,” said William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource, in the press release. “The IGEN certification program was designed specifically to certify that any product, from herbal supplements and vitamins to food ingredients do not contain any of the GMO genes and proteins found in common bioengineered crops.”
The IGEN certification mark works by encouraging food and supplement companies to voluntarily test their products for the presence of GMOs and to showcase their GMO status on their labels.
Currently, Whole Foods Market requires non-GMO label claims on products found in stores to be substantiated to one of these third-party standards:
- Non-GMO Project
- NSF Non-GMO
- USDA Organic (or equivalent international program)
- Nutrasource iGen (for supplements only)
“While there is no conclusive evidence that GMOs have a direct or immediate effect on human health, many are concerned about the long-term health and environmental impacts of genetic engineering,” added Rowe. “As a result, consumers are demanding that GMO products be labelled so they can be better informed on what they are purchasing.”
A list of IGEN certified products can be found here.