Based on requests from GLOBALG.A.P. members, especially from aquaculture producers, to label their products with a non-GM label that would be visible to the consumer at the point of sale, GLOBALG.A.P. has developed an add-on for non-GM production.
Due to rising concerns regarding the effects of genetically modified foods on consumer health, the German government developed a non-GM label in line with EU legislation and licensed it to the German group Association Food without Genetic Engineering (Verein Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik, or VLOG e. V.). VLOG, as the owner of the German OhneGenTechnik standard, advocates food production without GMOs, engages in consumer information about GMOs, and allows licensees the use of the standardized seal “Ohne GenTechnik” on manufactured food products that meet their standards.
After intensive collaboration with VLOG representatives, GLOBALG.A.P. has developed a set of modules comprising the NON-GM/“Ohne GenTechnik” add-on, which enables GLOBALG.A.P. certified compound feed producers as well as livestock and aquaculture producers and processors to label their products with the VLOG e. V. “Ohne GenTechnik” seal. Like all GLOBALG.A.P. add-ons, the NON-GM/“Ohne GenTechnik” add-on is designed to simplify assessments and avoid duplication and redundancies.
The NON-GM/“Ohne GenTechnik” add-on is available to feed manufacturers, aquaculture and livestock producers, processors, and operators with its 3 targeted modules and with valid GLOBALG.A.P. certification for:
- Compound Feed Manufacturing standard
- IFA standard for Aquaculture
- IFA standard for Livestock
- Chain of Custody standard
The NON-GM/“Ohne GenTechnik” add-on is limited to:
- Companies located and operating in EU member states where the EU regulations 1829/2003 and 1830/2003 are in force and mandatory.
- Companies located and operating in countries where local legislation is equivalent to the above-mentioned EU regulations.
- Companies located and operating in countries where the commercial cultivation and import of GMOs is not approved by the authorities of the country of production or is prohibited by law.
Covers compound feed manufacturing and consists of 7 sections with one annex and a total of 21 control points.
Covers the aquaculture and livestock farms. It consists of 6 sections and one annex with a total of 19 control points.
Covers the processing companies that intend to process and supply aquaculture or livestock products to be labeled with the NON-GM / “Ohne GenTechnik” label. It consists of 8 sections and one annex with a total of 17 control points.
Once the producer or processor has passed the assessment, the certification body will issue a letter of conformance. To label the final product with the VLOG seal, the supplier must be aligned with and have signed a specific license agreement with VLOG e. V.