SAN DIEGO — Excellent Assurance International has launched a certification mark to assistance customers comprehend that goods certified organic by the U.S. Division of Agriculture also ought to be totally free of genetically modified organisms/bioengineered components.

San Diego-primarily based QAI, a provider of organic certification solutions, performed a study that discovered 80% of respondents had been unaware that goods with the U.S.D.A. organic seal had been also non-G.M.O.

“What a lot of customers do not understand is that the use of genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.s) is strictly prohibited in organic goods,” mentioned Tracy Favre, director of QAI. “By introducing QAI’s new organic certification mark, we hope customers can extra very easily recognize organic goods as also getting non-G.M.O. and commence to comprehend the complete worth of the U.S.D.A. organic certification.”

Makers of goods certified by QAI may well pick to use the original QAI mark or the new mark linking organics to non-G.M.O.

“The optional mark is readily available for instant use by new and current shoppers,” Ms. Favre mentioned. “We anticipate to commence seeing it on organic certified goods as early as this summer season.”