Third Party Certification for Glyphosate Free or Non Glyphosate Certified™
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Making matters worse, while evidence is piling up showing the hazards of glyphosate on human health, farmers are ramping up their usage of the chemical due to the proliferation of resistant weeds, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently raised the allowable levels of glyphosate in food by significant amounts.4, 5
Allowable levels in oilseed crops such as soy were doubled, from 20 ppm to 40 ppm just lasts summer. It also raised the levels of permissible glyphosate contamination in other foods—many of which were raised to 15-25 times previous levels.
Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Glyphosate in food that people and farm animals eat.
So, in short a company creates a genetically engineered crop that will not die when it is spread with glyphosate! They provide these seeds to farmers to plant and then ask the farm to spray their specialized herbicide which contains glyphosate sprayed on the crop. This kills all surrounding vegetation, except the GMO crop. This spray makes it into our soil, water and then into our food supply.
It’s quite crucial to understand that glyphosate contamination is systemic, meaning it is present in every cell of the plant, from root to tip. It’s not just an issue of topical contamination, as with many other agricultural chemicals sprayed on crops.
Normally, you need to thoroughly wash your produce to remove topical residues, but you simply cannot remove glyphosate from your produce. And neither can food and animal feed manufacturers who use GE ingredients in their products.
BioChecked™ Agrees to provide third party certification for Non Glyphosate Certified™ (Zero Tolerance*) by reviewing and holding producer’s individual copy of laboratory test results of Glyphosate testing in house in secure and confidential manner for 1 year and as renewed. Testing is required annually for each product, with a potential of a requested spot check. Each product must meet and maintain our ZERO Tolerance* threshold for glyphosate and be tested regularly by an ISO 17025 Accredited Laboratory. An ISO/IEC 17025 ISO/IEC 17025 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC). This is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Laboratories that are accredited to this international standard have demonstrated that they are technically competent and able to produce precise and accurate test and/or calibration data.
* Zero Tolerance – Regular testing by an ISO/IEC approved laboratory: The sample must be laboratory tested by a qualified laboratory (if accepted) in accordance with the BioChecked™ testing requirements (using LC-MS/MS methods); and
Test results must show that the product contains no detected glyphosate residue down to the lowest possible limits of detection (LOD) – usually 0.01 parts per million (ppm) unless otherwise noted.
Note: BioChecked™ holds trademark on Glyphosate Free Certified™ and Non Glyphosate Certified™ and will use the Non Glyphosate Certified™ as primary seal on documentation and certificates.