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Quality Seals and what they mean

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    What does the quality seal Made in Europe mean

    The ‘Made in Europe; quality seal is a guarantee of quality and authenticity associated with European-made products, often indicating higher-grade materials and more stringent requirements during production. These products must meet strict regulatory guidelines and have been crafted with a higher attention to detail. This seal serves to assure customers that the product they are receiving is of the highest quality and has been made with care.

    When a product is certified RAW

    The ‘RAW’ quality seal means that the product has been dried in natural conditions, such as in the sun, as opposed to being dried artificially or in a laboratory. This can ensure the product is of the highest quality, with natural nutrients and minerals still intact. Many food producers are choosing to use natural methods of drying for their products in order to ensure the highest quality and safety. This seal is awarded to businesses which demonstrate excellence in all areas involving customer service, product quality and product safety. To gain this seal, businesses must pass rigorous assessments and inspections by QA, which monitor how the business operates across the whole spectrum of customer service, product quality and product safety.

    GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)

    GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is an internationally recognised quality assurance system that specifies the requirements for product manufacture in order to ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. The GMP certification indicates that a company adheres to certain standards that ensure their products have been produced, manufactured and packed to the highest quality. To be eligible for GMP certification, organisations must apply for it from the relevant authorities and demonstrate their compliance with legislation. Companies must also provide relevant documentation, undergo regular inspections and provide evidence that they are using quality control systems.

    Vegan Quality Seal

    The Vegan Quality Seal is a non-profit certification program that helps certify products and services as vegan. To get the seal, companies must meet certain criteria as set out by the Vegan Quality Seal Board. These criteria include a commitment to ethical production, the exclusive use of non-animal ingredients, a commitment to a vegan lifestyle, and the absence of any animal testing. Companies must also demonstrate to the board that their products or services are free from animal exploitation or cruelty.

    Suitable for Lactose intolerance

    The ‘suitable for lactose intolerance’ quality seal is a certification that is given to food products that have been made with ingredients that are suitable for those with lactose intolerance—the inability to digest a type of sugar found in dairy products. Companies must submit their food products for testing to receive this certification. The tests they must pass include an analysis of the total lactose content of the product, as well as meeting strict requirements for the quantity of lactose that it contains. Companies must also provide verification that the ingredients used in their products are free of cross-contamination with other products that contain lactose during processing. Once they have passed the requirements, the companies will then receive the quality seal, which can then be used to market their products as being suitable for those with lactose intolerance.

    Suitable for Celiacs

    The ‘suitable for celiacs’ quality seal is a quality assurance mark awarded by Associación Española de Celiacos (AEC) to food products that meet specific standards set by the organisation. The standards are designed to ensure the safety of consumption by individuals with coeliac disease and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. To be eligible for the quality seal, products must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten and have been endorsed by a panel of experts made up of scientists and nutritionists. Additionally, products must be manufactured in an environment that ensures appropriate control of contamination, and the packing of the product must be visible to guarantee that our products stay in the appropriate place throughout the entire production, transport and sale process. Companies that wish to obtain the quality seal must submit a special application form and provide evidence that their products meet all the required standards in order for approval.

    Plant Based Capsule

    The 100% Plant Based Capsule Quality Seal is a symbol of assurance that a product is certified to contain only plant-based ingredients and never contain animal sources of gelatin. It is awarded by V-Label, an international quality association that is dedicated to providing safety and assurance to consumers of plant-based products. Companies must obtain certification from V-Label in order to use the seal on their products. This certification includes verifying the company’s ingredients, processes, and labelling. Once the certification is obtained, V-Label grants the company the right to use the 100% Plant Based Capsule Quality Seal on their products.

    Certified Organic

    The ‘Certified Organic Production’ Quality Seal is an international certification that marks a product or service as having met rigorous standards for organic production. To earn the seal, companies must be certified by an accredited third-party certifying body that verifies their standards for producing organic products. This includes adhering to rules for organic production methods, soil quality, pest control, and prohibited substances. Companies must submit documents, maintain records, and participate in an on-site inspection to demonstrate their commitment to organic production. Companies that successfully meet the certification standards are granted the Certified Organic Production Quality Seal.

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