PGPI rice products now Non-GMO Project Verified

by Eric Schroeder
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WOODLAND, CALIF. — PGP International Inc., a food ingredient manufacturer specializing in extruded particulates, high-protein soy crisps, rice flours and blends, and gluten-free products, has achieved Non-GMO Project Verified status for 23 types of rice flour and rice meal made from brown rice, white rice and organic brown rice. The products were verified on Aug. 24 and will be re-verified annually. More of PGPI’s products are expected to receive verification in coming months.

“Many consumers are concerned about the safety of G.M.O.s, and smart manufacturers of energy bars, snack foods, and other products are striving to respond,” said Nicolas Hanson, chief executive officer of PGP International. “PGPI, in turn, is committed to providing healthful, high quality ingredients so that every mouthful satisfies. Because our ingredients are used in products all over the world, we take seriously our obligation to provide ingredients that can be sold in the 60-plus countries that have banned or restricted the use of G.M.O.s.”

The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification process. Verified products are demonstrated to have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means they have undergone ongoing testing of all G.M.O.-risk ingredients, facility inspections, and an annual audit to ensure producers are meeting the highest possible standards for G.M.O. avoidance. In total, more than 20,000 products have been verified by the Non-GMO Project since 2010.

PGP International Inc. is a subsidiary of ABF Ingredients, a global food ingredients corporation that is part of Associated British Foods. PGPI has three locations in the United States:  headquarters, mill and extrusion plant in Woodland; a rice mill in Colusa, Calif.; and an extrusion plant in Evansville, Ind.
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