Left Coast Naturals Non-GMO Policy 

Grocery Catalogue:

  • Our grocery catalogue will be 100% non-GMO by December 31st 2015.
  • All products containing ingredients that are defined as high risk crops or monitored crops by the Non-GMO Project Standard must be certified organic, or be non-GMO certified, or be able to furnish lab results providing adequate proof of non-GMO status.
  • Going forward, we will audit all new products and list no new products that contain GMOs.
  • Prior to selling any new SKU, organic certification and/or non-GMO status paperwork must be on file.
  • For current brands that we find to have GMOs or questionable status, we will work with the vendor to develop a plan for them to transition to non-GMO ingredients by the established timeline. If the vendor will not or cannot comply by the deadline, we will discontinue the item.
  • Our longer term goal is that any products containing ingredients that are defined as high risk crops or monitored crops by the Non-GMO Project Standard, will obtain non-GMO verification, in addition to being certified organic.


Grocery Deadlines:

  • Items Non-GMO Project Verified indicated in pricelist February 1st 2014.
  • In December 2014, we will issue a progress report and look at establishing a timeline for our longer term goal.
  • By December 31st 2015, our entire grocery catalogue will comply with this policy.

 

Bulk Catalogue:

  • Our bulk catalogue will be 100% non-GMO by December 31st 2014.
  • All products containing ingredients that are defined as high risk crops or monitored crops by the Non-GMO Project Standard must be certified organic, or non-GMO certified, or be able to furnish lab results providing adequate proof of non-GMO status.
  • Going forward, we will audit all new products and list no new products that contain GMOs.
  • Prior to selling any new SKU, organic certification and or non-GMO status paperwork must be on file.
  • For current products that we find to have GMOs or questionable status, we will work with the vendor to develop a plan for them to transition to non-GMO ingredients by the deadline. If the vendor will not or cannot comply by the deadline, we will discontinue the item.
  • Our long term goal is to have any products containing ingredients that are defined as high risk crops or monitored crops by the Non-GMO Project Standard, will obtain non-GMO verification, in addition to being certified organic.


Bulk Deadlines:

  • Items Non-GMO Project Verified indicated in pricelist February 1st 2014.
  • By December 31st 2014, all products in our bulk catalogue will comply with this policy.

 


Left Coast-Owned Brands:

  • We will be completely non-GMO for all our in-house products by December 31st 2014.
  • Any in-house items that are not certified organic and contain ingredients defined as high risk or monitored crops as per the Non-GMO Project Standard, will either be approved for Non-GMO Project verification or discontinued by this deadline.
  • For organic products, we will double certify as certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified (sku by sku) for any products containing ingredients that are defined as high risk crops or monitored crops as per the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • For organic products not containing high risk crops or monitored crops, certified organic status will suffice.
  • We will explore becoming an exclusive non-GMO verified handler.


Left Coast Owned Brand Deadlines:

  • All items we manufacture under our own brands, will be completely Non-GMO by December 31st 2014.
  • In July 2014, we will issue a progress report on GMO free status.
  • By December 31st 2014, all our in-house brands will comply with this policy.

 

Acceptable 3rd Party Verification Systems

At the launch of this policy, the Non-GMO Project Standard is the only acceptable 3rd party verifier for products that are not certified organic. As other verifiers enter the market, we will review these options and determine if they are acceptable or unacceptable and revise this list as needed. Organic products that are certified at the 70+% organic ingredients threshold and 95+% organic ingredients are required
under the COR and NOP standards to confirm non-GMO status for all ingredients, even the non-organic ingredients. As the non-GMO status of these ingredients is also certified by the organic certifier, such products will not be required to furnish additional certification of their non-GMO status.


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