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Non-GMO Project Standard

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction.................................................................................................................. 4 A. Purpose ............................................................................................................................................... 4 B. Methodology and Approach ............................................................................................................... 4

II. Scope ............................................................................................................................ 4 A. Product Categories.............................................................................................................................. 4 B. Input Evaluation .................................................................................................................................. 5 C. Activities .............................................................................................................................................. 7 D. Ingredient Classification...................................................................................................................... 7

III. Risk Classification and Requirements............................................................................. 9 A. Input Categories .................................................................................................................................. 9 B. Reclassification of Risk ...................................................................................................................... 11

IV. Traceability, Segregation, and Inspections ................................................................... 11 A. Traceability ........................................................................................................................................ 11 B. Cleanout and Segregation ................................................................................................................. 12 C. Inspections ........................................................................................................................................ 12

V. Testing ........................................................................................................................ 12 A. Action Thresholds.............................................................................................................................. 13 B. Compliance Requirements ................................................................................................................ 13 C. Genetics-based Testing Using the Real-Time or Digital PCR Method ............................................... 14 D. Immunological-based Testing Using Strip Tests................................................................................ 15

VI. Affidavits .................................................................................................................... 16 A. Non-Testable High-Risk Inputs .......................................................................................................... 16 B. Testable High-Risk Inputs as Minor and Micro Ingredients .............................................................. 16 C. Low-Risk Inputs ................................................................................................................................. 16 D. Affidavit Requirements ..................................................................................................................... 16

VII. Special Requirements for Specific Product Sectors....................................................... 17 A. Animal-Derived Inputs and Livestock Feed ....................................................................................... 17 B. Honey and Bee-Produced Inputs ...................................................................................................... 20 C. Wild-Caught and Farm-Raised Seafood ............................................................................................ 20 D. Growth Media for Certain Vitamin and Supplement Inputs............................................................. 20

VIII. Product Specifications and Labeling............................................................................. 20 A. Specifications for Obtaining Inputs ................................................................................................... 20 B. Labeling ............................................................................................................................................. 21

IX. Quality Assurance ....................................................................................................... 22 A. Quality Assurance Systems ............................................................................................................... 22 B. Monitoring of Critical Control Points ................................................................................................ 22 C. Nonconformities and Corrective Actions .......................................................................................... 22 D. Renewal............................................................................................................................................. 24 E. Participation ...................................................................................................................................... 24

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Appendix A ?Terms and Definitions ..................................................................................... 26 Appendix B ? High-Risk List.................................................................................................. 29 Appendix C ?Monitored-Risk List ......................................................................................... 31 Summary of Changes from Version 13 of the Standard (Hyperlinked) ................................... 32 Summary of Changes from Version 14 of the Standard (Hyperlinked) ................................... 58 Summary of Changes from Version 14.1 of the Standard (Hyperlinked) ................................ 63 Summary of Changes from Version 14.2 of the Standard (Hyperlinked) ................................ 67

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I. Introduction

The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Terms used in this Standard are defined in Appendix A.

A. Purpose

The Non-GMO Project's Standard requires that all verified products have systems in place for: 1. Testing: Meaningful, ongoing testing of high GMO risk inputs 2. Traceability: Supply chain traceability, especially following input testing 3. Segregation: Protecting compliant inputs from commingling with non-compliant inputs 4. Formulation: Obtaining inputs in accordance with uniform and meaningful specifications 5. Labeling: Accurate and clear product labeling 6. Quality assurance: Maintaining operational consistency and addressing nonconformities

promptly

B. Methodology and Approach

1. The Non-GMO Project's Product Verification Program ("Program") is based on a practice/process-oriented Standard that uses testing as a key strategic tool to confirm that practices/processes meet expectations.

2. A core goal of the Project is to identify, create, and/or maintain sources and practices that effectively minimize GMO risk to the supply chain.

3. Verification of products shall be contingent on products meeting requirements regarding Non-GMO Project Standard compliance, including traceability, segregation, and testing.

4. Continuous improvement on the part of Program Participants is required with the common goal of completely eliminating any GMO-risk inputs from the production chain.

II. Scope

The scope of the Non-GMO Project Standard and the Program encompass the following products, inputs, and activities.

A. Product Categories

1. The following types of products may be verified if found to be compliant with this Standard: a. Seed and other propagation materials

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b. Products that are either ingested or applied directly to skin, such as human food, ingredients, supplements, and personal care products, including lotions, soaps, balms, makeup, etc.

c. Over the counter (OTC) drugs, including homeopathic remedies d. Livestock feed and supplements e. Products that are not ingested or applied directly to skin, such as packaging, cleaning

products, and textiles f. Pet food 2. The following types of products may not be verified under this Standard: a. Products that include controlled substances under U.S. or Canadian law b. Products that are not sold in the U.S. or Canada c. Certain medicines and other medical products d. Live animals e. Products composed entirely of non-risk inputs and that are part of a non-risk

category

B. Input Evaluation

1. Mandatory input categories (input categories that must be evaluated): All inputs from the following categories must comply with the requirements of this Standard in order for the finished product to be verified. a. Inputs present in the finished product, including but not limited to: i. Unprocessed agricultural inputs, such as vegetables, grains, fruit, greens, herbs, other fresh foods, fibers, etc. ii. Manufacturing inputs, including flavorings, seasonings, colorings, additives, and all other substances present in final, manufactured products iii. Animal-derived inputs, including dairy, meat, eggs, bee-produced inputs, wool, hides, and seafood or inputs derived from aquaculture1 iv. Processed agricultural inputs or ingredients v. Manufactured or processed food inputs or ingredients vi. Packaging that is directly immersed or combined with liquid for the purpose of making the product available for human consumption2 vii. Livestock feed components, such as grains, vitamins, enzymes minerals, etc.

1 Cloned animals and their progeny are not allowed. 2 This includes, but is not limited to, tea, coffee, spice, and soup bags but does not include any part of the

packaging other than the bag.

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viii. Other inputs used in personal care and cosmetic products, and textiles

b. Dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbal preparations

c. Microbial starters and enzymes, media, and derivatives, including those used for livestock feed (e.g., silage or hay inoculants, fermentation solids, or similar products) or human food

Note: Addressing contamination of seed is a stated priority of the Non-GMO Project. Although traceability back to tested seed is not required for product verification, the Project is actively developing sources of compliant seed as the basis for a sustainable non-GMO supply chain.

2. Eligible input categories (input categories for optional evaluation): In addition to the finished product, Participants may choose to verify inputs in the following categories in order to market them with reference to the Non-GMO Project verification mark or name. Verification of inputs listed in this Section II.B.2. is not required in order for a product to be verified. In order for the following inputs themselves to be marketed with reference to the Non-GMO Project verification mark or name, they must meet all of the relevant requirements of this Standard. Such inputs may then be marketed as the product itself (e.g., selling Non-GMO Project Verified packaging materials to a final consumer or product manufacturer) or denoted as part of another product (e.g., "This product's packaging is Non-GMO Project Verified."). When the product itself, as opposed to an input to another product, the inputs below must be verified in accordance with this Standard and are not optional.

a. Seeds

b. Other agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides

The scope of this Standard contains an exclusion for composted materials and animal manures. These may be used from any source, except manure from animals that have been genetically engineered. An example of an animal engineered to produce a novel material would be a goat that is genetically engineered to have antibiotics or hormones secreted in its milk. Examples of non-compliant fertilizers are oilcake/oilseed meal from genetically engineered soybeans, canola, or cotton, uncomposted GMO cornstalks, etc. An example of a non-compliant pesticide is genetically altered Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). An example of a non-compliant herbicide is corn gluten from genetically engineered corn.

c. Cleaning products

d. Packaging materials

e. Veterinary inputs such as vaccines, hormones, and medicines; not including recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), which are prohibited inputs

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