What is IGEN™?

IGEN™ stands for the International Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Evaluation and Notification Program. Its aim is to verify label claims about the presence of GMOs in products and ingredients.

Launched in 2016 , IGEN™ has certified over 1,000 products and counting. Products are certified as “Non-GMO Tested,” verifying that the finished product does not contain detectable modified genetic material.

Are you a brand or ingredient provider looking to get IGEN™ certified? Click here to learn more about the IGEN™ program. 

What are GMOs?

GMO is an acronym for genetically modified organism. GMOs are produced by a process called genetic engineering, which involves transferring a gene from one organism to another. This modifies the recipient’s DNA in a way that would not likely occur in nature.

GMOs are used in modern agriculture to change a plant’s physical characteristics, such as disease tolerance or resistance to herbicides and pesticides. This helps farmers increase crop yield and improve plant survival. GMO food crops are now a staple in North America.

Common GMO plants used in the food supply include:

  • Alfalfa
  • Apple
  • Canola
  • Cotton
  • Eggplant
  • Maize (corn)
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Potato
  • Soy
  • Sugar beet
  • Squash

What does IGEN™ Test for?

IGEN™ certifies a variety of product types, from herbal supplements and vitamins to food ingredients, to make sure they do not contain detectable modified genetic material. 

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