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    Safe Quality Food Institute Endorses the Gluten-Free Certification Program

    Offering a Management System Approach to Controlling Gluten

    Arlington, VA June 17, 2016

    The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program, recognized globally by retailers and foodservice providers who require a rigorous and credible food safety management system, is proud to announce the formation of a strategic partnership with the Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG), owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

    As the gluten-free market continues to forecast high-growth, brand owners who are committed to protecting their name require increased food safety and verified evidence before making regulated gluten-free claims. SQFI recognizes that the GFCP is a quality program and recommends the GFCP to suppliers seeking a gluten-free certification.

    The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is a voluntary science-based program designed for manufacturers and brand owners committed to producing safe, reliable gluten-free products for consumers suffering from celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The program requires the implementation of stringent, risk based and preventative gluten-free controls, which easily combines with a globally recognized food safety management system.


    About the Safe Quality Food Program
    The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program, a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It is the only major system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that offers third-party accredited certification for primary production, food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management.

    About the Allergen Control Group Inc.
    The Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG) is a privately held corporation which owns and operates the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP), endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness now operating as Beyond Celiac in the USA and the Canadian Celiac Association.

    For news and media information, please contact:
    Sarah Malenich, Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)
    Phone: 202.220.0660

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