April 9, 2008 – The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) announced today that it has certified Country Life Vitamins as certified gluten-free. Country Life has been producing a full line of quality vitamins and nutritional supplements since 1971. Country Life’s entire product line is gluten-free, allowing them to meet the needs of a growing market of persons following a gluten-free diet, who may not be able to meet all their nutritional needs from the foods they consume.
GFCO standards are met through a rigorous process of third-party audits and frequent product and ingredient testing at the manufacturing facility and from consumer shelves by GFCO. GFCO sets strict standards that finished products may not contain more than 10 ppm gluten, twice as strict as the proposed FDA and Codex definitions for gluten free.
This announcement comes at the perfect time for Country Life as they are launching Real Food Organics-a new and innovative line of vitamins that offers a unique way to supplement your diet through vital nutrients everyday. The line is derived almost entirely from certified organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, sprouts, legumes and grains.
“We are thrilled to receive the gluten-free certification. We have always strived to provide the most innovative and healthiest products for our customers. Receiving this certification only furthers our commitment,” says Jodi Drexler-Billet, Executive Vice President of Country Life.
Studies have shown that some persons with celiac disease continue to have nutritional deficiencies years after following a gluten free diet and would benefit from vitamin and mineral supplementation. For approximately 3 million people in the United States a gluten-free diet is a medically required diet. These people cannot consume storage proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Consumption of gluten protein causes damage to the digestive tract and can lead to other complications. Many other consumers choose a gluten-free diet for other reasons.
ABOUT GFCO-The Gluten-Free Certification Organization’s (GFCO) provides an independent service to supervise gluten-free food production according to a consistent, defined, science-based standard that is confirmed by field inspections, in order to achieve heightened consumer confidence and safety. GFCO is ‘Gluten-free you can easily see’ through a trademarked logo on packaging. Products labeled with the GF certification mark allow consumers to easily identify items that have been independently verified to meet our high standards for gluten-free…potentially stricter than even the FDA will set as the standard for labeling. For more information visit: www.gfco.org, or call 253-218-2956.
ABOUT COUNTRY LIFE-Country Life Vitamins and its family of companies including Desert Essence®, Biochem®, Long Life® Teas, Iron-Tek® Nutrition and Real Food® Organics have been a leader in the field of health and nutrition for over 36 years. The company believes in creating high-quality products that combine the importance of wellness and self-improvement as well as emphasizes the importance of good health starting from within. Country Life Vitamins only uses the finest natural and organic ingredients from farming organizations around the world which support sustainability and protect the health of the environment. To further their commitment to being socially responsible, the company purchases wind energy credits to offset 100 percent of its electricity in the US. Additionally, Country Life utilizes recycled paper for all packaging and soy based inks as well as encourages eco-friendly office practices