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Certification Agencies to Offer 'Bundled' Organic and non-GMO Programs

SAN DIEGO -- QAI, Inc., the global leader in organic certification services, and CERT ID, the leader in non-GMO certification, are joining forces to offer organic and non-GMO certifications to food companies.

The collaboration will create an opportunity for companies to meet the demands for both organic and non-GMO certification, thus expanding products' presence in the global food marketplace. The alliance also gives companies the convenience of undergoing two separate certifications during the same inspection visit.

"We are excited to be able to offer our clients non-GMO certification to meet all of their certification needs," said Kristen Holt, president of QAI, Inc., in a statement.

"The Cert-ID program is world-class and will provide our clients access to important international markets with GMO labeling laws being enforced by regulators. This includes 42 countries, with an additional 27 countries planning for GMO labeling laws," Holt added.

QAI is a USDA-accredited, third party certification agency that verifies the organic compliance of agricultural producers and food manufacturers to federal regulations administered by the National Organic Program.

Globally recognized as the leader in Non-GMO certification programs, CERT ID serves a growing list of international food industry clients by providing third party auditing, inspections, and certification programs including GMO regulatory compliance, meat traceability, and trait preservation.

Concern about GMOs continues to be strong in Europe, Japan, Korea, and Brazil, with labeling laws expected to be enforced even more rigorously than before, according to the agencies.
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