The Gluten-Free Certification Program Continues Expansion to Australia and New Zealand

April 14, 2016

The Gluten-Free Certification Program Continues Expansion to Australia and New Zealand

The Gluten-Free Certification Program, which is endorsed by Beyond Celiac, grows outside of the US and Canada alone.

The following press release is from the Allergen Control Group.

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2016 –The Allergen Control Group, owners of the Gluten-Free Certification Program, is excited to announce their expansion into the Asia Pacific market as they continue to strive to grow market share and brand recognition worldwide. The mission of the GFCP is to become the leading global authority for developing and delivering industry based “free from” programs designed to ensure product safety, which creates trust and ultimately enhances the quality of life for consumers. Currently, the GFCP is the leading science-based certification program for brand owners and their manufacturers wishing to make a safe and reliable gluten-free product claim.

To support this growth, ACG President Paul Valder traveled to Australia in February to welcome BSI as a newly trained and approved third-party auditing and certification company. BSI will help aid the program’s goal to expand in the Asia-Pacific marketplace and grow the number of gluten-free brands permitted to display the GFCP trademarks on their company’s gluten-free product packaging.

“As a trusted supplier of food safety and quality training courses, BSI welcomes the opportunity to expand their capabilities, in order to better serve the food industry” says Todd Redwood, Director- Food, BSI Asia Pacific. “With its Food Centre of Excellence based in Australia, BSI will help support the program’s goal to expand in the Asia Pacific as well as global marketplace.” This collaboration is a natural fit for BSI and ACG, who both share a common interest in managing risk and meeting legal requirements in the food industry.

In addition to gaining membership with the Allergen Bureau and Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Allergen Forum, while in Australia, ACG also had the opportunity to onboard two new GFCP Authorized Training & Services Providers.

Integrity Compliance Solutions is an Australian-based company offering comprehensive recognized training across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, in all aspects of supply chain management. ICS trainers have extensive experience in food safety, auditing, quality management, operational management, technical and regulatory. ICS specialists’ posses a science or food degree and technical qualifications in addition to experience across a vast range of food sectors. ICS specialists are actively involved in food safety training, consulting and third-party auditing for GFSI benchmarked standards including BRC, SQF2000, ISO22000, FSSC22000; as well as retailer standards such as Coles, WQAv8, Spotless, Subway, McDonalds, Metcash and ALDI.

Approach Advisory Board Specialists, based in New Zealand, aims to increase the value of an operating business and offers consulting services focused on developing objectives and strategy, strengthening governance and risk management, creating a high performing Advisory Board and optimizing technology. Director and Principal Advisor, Terry Hoskins says that “he is proud to partner with the Allergen Control Group for training consultants and industry in the GFCP and will strive to both meet and exceed the high standard set by the Allergen Control Group. I look forward to transferring my knowledge and supporting the growth of the program in New Zealand”.

About the Allergen Control Group Inc. (ACG)
The Allergen Control Group Inc. is a privately held corporation which owns and operates the Gluten-Free Certification Program which is endorsed exclusively by the NFCA (operating as Beyond Celiac) in the USA and the CCA in Canada.

About Beyond Celiac
Beyond Celiac advances widespread understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune condition and works to secure early diagnosis and effective management. We empower our community to live life to the fullest, and serve as a leading and trusted resource that inspires hope, accelerates innovation and forges pathways to a cure. Visit

About the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)
The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten, and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. Based in Mississauga, Ontario with 28 Chapters across the country, its mission includes advocacy, education, research and community support.