The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), Auburn, Wash., certified 2,203 products as gluten-free made by 196 brands in 2018.
The products, certified through GIG’s Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program encompass food, beverage, non-food and pharmacy items.
“Consumers today are demanding transparency, accountability and authenticity in food processing, and manufacturers worldwide continue to turn to GFCO’s third-party certification to secure the trust of the gluten-free community,” says Chris Rich, vice president of marketing and development. “With no cure for celiac disease and gluten intolerance, consumers will continue to demand gluten-free products.”
GFCO requires that all finished products using the GFCO logo contain 10 ppm or less of gluten, a stricter standard than the labeling requirements of the United States, Canada, European Union and other countries.