Green Chef is proud to announce that we are now the first meal kit company to receive Gluten-Free Certification through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program, which now applies to our Gluten-Free, Keto (GF), and Paleo (GF) meal plans.
So what does it mean to be certified? What is the Gluten Intolerance Group? What is the Gluten-Free Food Service program? These questions and more are answered below.
What is gluten?
Gluten in the food industry often refers to storage proteins found in all grains. These storage proteins are beneficial in food production, adding flavor, texture or thickening.
Gluten-free refers only to specific storage proteins known to be harmful and potentially damaging for persons with gluten intolerances (celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and non-celiac gluten sensitivities). Gluten-free diets avoid the storage proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and hybrids of these grains.
What does it mean to be certified gluten-free?
Receiving Gluten-Free Certification through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program helps ensure that the finished product contains 10 parts per million (10 ppm) or less gluten (5 ppm gliadin) and similar proteins from rye, barley, and hybrids of these grains, as measured by using testing methods that are accepted for gluten testing by analytical associations such as the AOAC, the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC), testing researchers, and other such agencies.
What is the Gluten Intolerance Group?
Founded in 1974, The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a non-profit association. It has been empowering the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy, and education for over four decades. GIG’s outreach is not only to those with gluten-related disorders but also to everyone who has made the decision to live gluten-free. With the continued recognition of gluten-free dietary needs and the recent emphasis on gluten-free products and offerings, GIG’s role in the community is more important now than ever. From providing community support through local branches, to being a leader in food safety certification, GIG is the top support organization for gluten concerned consumers worldwide.
What is the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification Program?
The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification Program, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group, is a proven model of established best practices for food service facilities offering gluten-free options. Certification is customized to the specific needs of each food service facility that works with GFFS, including factors such as facility size, number of locations, and the type of food service establishment.
The GFFS logo displayed in food services, on menus, etc, stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and safety of food preparation policies, procedures, education, and standards. Food services carrying the GFFS logo represent unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards. GFFS sets the strictest gluten-free food service certification standards.
What does the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification mean?
The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification Program, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group, is a proven food safety model of established best practices for food service establishments offering gluten-free options. Certified companies have demonstrated that they will apply the necessary level of rigor to processes and procedures to eliminate cross-contamination and provide a safe eating experience for gluten-free consumers.
Is Green Chef a good option for people with celiac disease?
Yes. The Gluten Intolerance Group provides the gold standard in certification for the celiac community. The GFFS Certification provides assurances to gluten avoiders, including celiacs, that Green Chef’s gluten-free kits meet or exceed the most rigorous gluten-free standards in the industry.