LEGUMEX Walker Inc. announced last week that Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) has received Non-GMO Project Verification.
The Non-GMO Project offers North America's only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for genetically modified organism (GMO) segregation and traceability.
"Our Non-GMO Project Verification gives us access to a rapidly growing market for higher-margin, non-GMO canola products," said Joel Horn, president and chief executive officer of Legumex Walker. "According to the Non-GMO Project website, sales of all Non-GMO Project verified products have gone from $0 in 2010, when the label was launched, to over $3.5 billion just three years later."
The PCC facility was designed and built to be able to segregate and process GMO and non-GMO canola seed. In August, the PCC facility processed its first segregated run of non-GMO canola oil and meal and sold it in September.
Non-GMO Project verified products must be produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which includes ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, production facility inspections and an annual facility audit to ensure that the highest standards for GMO avoidance are being maintained.