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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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    THE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP APPOINTS SGS TO AUDIT GFCO STANDARDS.


    Jefferson Adams


    • Compliance company SGS tapped to test GFCO gluten-free standards.


    Celiac.com 07/27/2017 - The Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) was founded in 2005 by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG) to offer independent certification to manufacturers of gluten-free products.


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    GFCO certification is accredited to ISO 17065, and assures consumers with gluten sensitivities that a product meets the strict gluten-free standards. In most cases, GFCO standards exceed those of Codex, US, Canada, the EU and many other country standards for gluten-free products. For example, the GFCO guarantees that all products with its logo contain 10ppm or less of gluten.

    The GFCO also confirms the validity of a manufacturer's gluten-free processes, and substantiates claims about the products.

    To ensure quality of Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) standards, the GIG has retained New Jersey-based certification company SGS, whose inspection, verification, testing and certification services are globally respected for quality and integrity.

    According to SGS, the GFCO audits will either be combined with SGS' Food Safety certification audits, or conducted as a standalone service.

    Those seeking rigid gluten-free standards can look for the GFCO label on products labeled "gluten-free."

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