Glyphosate Residue Free certification for U.S. food ingredients and products was launched on March 19 2017 by The Detox Project, in a move that gives consumers a way of avoiding the ‘probably carcinogenic’ chemical.
Glyphosate is the most used pesticide in the World and has the highest public profile of any chemical used in food production. It has been found in a range of popular American food products and in the urine of 93% of people tested by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
The revelation from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 that glyphosate is a ‘probable human carcinogen’ has led to consumers around the World asking for transparency regarding the levels of glyphosate in their food.
Glyphosate Residue Free Certification
Henry Rowlands, Director of The Detox Project, stated on Tuesday that “Glyphosate Residue Free certification enables food manufacturers to give consumers what they really want – glyphosate residue free food.
“Currently the toxic chemical testing standards for both non-organic and organic food are very weak but we aim to change this by certifying ingredients and food products – consumers have the right to know what toxic chemicals are in the food they buy at grocery stores across the U.S.”
To be certified Glyphosate Residue Free, ingredients or food products must not contain glyphosate or AMPA residues exceeding the limits of laboratory detection (between 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) and 20 ppb, depending on the product), a standard that is tougher or the same as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs).
The Glyphosate Residue Free certification third-party testing program is based on the work of an independent FDA-registered laboratory with over 70 years of analytical experience: Anresco Laboratories, however any FDA-registered laboratory that uses validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods can join the testing program.
Rowlands continued; “We will make sure that the products are tested at least 3 times a year and we will also make sure that spot checks are performed regularly.”
Consumers Want Transparent Toxic Chemical Certification
The global success of the Non-GMO food market has shown that consumers are pushing for more and more transparency and it is a fact that pesticides are even higher on their list of consumers’ concerns than GMOs.
U.S. Consumer Polls
CONSUMER REPORTS 2014 Survey: found that pesticides are a concern for 85 percent of American consumers, more than any other food-related issue.
LINDBERG INTERNATIONAL 2013 Survey: 71 percent of Americans are worried about pesticides in their food and almost three out of four respondents would like to eat food produced with fewer pesticides.
Rowlands concluded; “The Detox Project is already working with a wide range of food manufacturers and grocery stores in the U.S. to enable consumers to avoid glyphosate and other toxic chemicals in their food – It is time for a shift towards full transparency in the food industry and we aim to help all parties to achieve this.”
Henry Rowlands, Director, The Detox Project – firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Detox Project
The Detox Project is a research and certification platform that brings awareness to the public by testing for toxic chemicals.
We believe you have the right to know what toxic chemicals are in your body and in your food!
Certification website: https://detoxproject.org/glyphosate-residue-free/
Detox Project website: https://detoxproject.org/