New Plant-Based Certification Program recognizes company innovation and supports transparency in product labeling
SCS Global Services, an international company involved in third-party certification, has announced the launch of its Plant-Based Certification Program. The program, built around a new standard from SCS Standards, a non-profit, ANSI-accredited standards development body, distinguishes plant-based brands based on rigorous auditing, testing and labeling requirements that help consumers make better informed choices. The program supports the growing demand for plant-based alternatives and recognizes innovation in a wide range of consumer products.
Products eligible to receive certification under the SCS-109 Standard include food, beverages, CBD, and body care products. Certification confirms that products do not contain any animal-derived inputs. In addition, products for human and animal consumption must contain a minimum of 95% plant-based ingredients, while other products, such as body care products, must be derived at least 50% from plants.
"We are excited to support companies who are offering plant-based alternatives," commented Lucy Anderson, Director of Project Claims Certification in SCS Global Services' food and agriculture services division. "Our aim is to provide independent confirmation of claims in this sector based on the most robust standard available, with stringent auditing and testing protocols."
The certification's audit mechanisms, procedures, and quality systems are aligned with other SCS certification programs, such as the SCS Gluten-Free, making it possible for companies to reduce audit fatigue and bundle plant-based certification with other product label claims. SCS-109 is the latest addition to the company's full suite of food consumer labeling standards, which also includes USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and much more.
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