Supplement Certifications Guide
You’ll find a variety of bona fide certifications on supplement labels— here are four of the more common ones you’re likely to encounter.
USDA ORGANIC What It Means:
The products’ ingredients have been produced according to rules set by the USDA Organic Program, as well as certified by a third- party organization approved by the USDA. Organic ingredients cannot contain genetically modified organisms ( GMOs).
usda. gov/ topics/ organic NON- GMO PROJECT VERIFIED What It Means:
Ingredients are free of GMOs and have been tested and authenticated by the Non- GMO Project Product Verification Program, a nonprofit, thirdparty organization for food and products.
nongmoproject. org GLUTEN- FREE CERTIFICATION ORGANIZATION ( GFCO)
What It Means:
Products undergo a stringent process, certifying that they contain no more than 10 parts per million ( ppm) of gluten. This certification comes from The Gluten Intolerance Group ( GIG), a nonprofit dedicated to consumer support, advocacy, and education.
gluten. org CERTIFIED B CORPORATION What It Means:
Manufacturers must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency, determined by the nonprofit organization B Lab. This is a prestigious certification that is not easily attained.