Dedicated Gluten Free

certified gluten free-01What does GFCO Certified Mean to your clients?
The GF logo stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carry the GF logo represent the unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards.  GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world.  We are authorized by the Gluten Free Intolerance Group (GIG) to produce certified gluten free brands for our client

What are GFCO’s standards for gluten?
GFCO’s standard is 10 ppm or less gluten in finished products vs 20 ppm required by the FDA.

Can a manufacturing plant be certified?
Yes.  Manufacturers who produce gluten-free products can certify their facility.  Certified manufacturers may produce GFCO-certified products for their clients if specified contract terms are met.

Certification for Products?
As a certified manufacturing facility, our clients have the option of adding the GFCO certification logo to their labels for a small fee.  This ensures that the ingredients that are sourced and used for production meet all GFCO standards during an audit.  Clients can choose to NOT certify their specific products, however, all ingredients used MUST meet certification requirements for us to manufacture in our facility.

Is an audit required for all manufacturing plants?
Any location that produces GFCO-certified products must be audited.  The audit frequency is determined by the risks associated with the ingredients, manufacturing facility and products manufactured.  Manufacturing plants have a minimum annual audit, but may be audited more frequently.  Audits may be announced or unannounced.

How often is testing of equipment required?
Testing of equipment is based on identifying and testing high risk areas of equipment.  GFCO encourages the use of test kits testing at 10 ppm or less for all equipment testing. This is a practice that we use at our facility.

What testing methods does GFCO recommend?
Documentation of testing kits and methods are maintained by Simply Baked Gluten Free that are provided by GIG.  All ingredients that we source we track and require documentation provided for our records.

Do ingredients have to be tested?  
Before any product is brought into our facility we require documentation from the manufacturer/distributor that states those ingredients are gluten-free certified or manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility before we will consider using those ingredients for production.