A standard for plant-based products
BRCGS has published a Plant-Based Standard in response to growing demand for animal-free products
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Published: 2 January 2020
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
BRCGS has announced the launch of the Plant-Based Issue 1 Standard.
The BRCGS Plant-Based Global Standard has been developed in response to a shift in consumer purchasing behaviour, resulting in the rapidly growing demand for plant-based products and the need for brands to ensure consumer-facing claims are validated.
Certainty for shoppers and businesses
Plant-based products are relatively novel, and the industry has been challenged with meeting consumer demands while also protecting brand reputation and mitigating risk.
The Plant-Based Global Standard has been developed to provide certainty for industry and consumers alike.
The Plant-Based Global Standard is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food.
It includes operational criteria required to be in place to ensure plant-based products are free of material of animal origin.
Making informed choices
Even the most informed consumer may unknowingly consume animal products or ingredients due to the challenge of correctly identifying animal-containing ingredients based on product labelling information alone.
BRCGS has introduced a Plant-Based Global Standard on-pack trademark that will help consumers to make informed choices quickly and easily.
The trademark will allow brands and products to differentiate themselves. The Plant-Based Global Standard will provide confidence to consumers and industry alike.
Scope of the Plant-Based Standard
The Plant-Based Global Standard applies only to the control of animal inputs in plant-based products, in the manufacture, processing and packing of: processed foods (both own brand and customer branded); ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies, and food manufacturers; pet foods (GFSI benchmarked schemes only) and
natural health products.