The World’s First Comprehensive GMO Test
Posted by: Clear Labs - Jul 19, 2016
We are excited to announce the world’s first, comprehensive GMO test based on next-generation sequencing (NGS).
This is not just a new test – we now proudly offer a solution to verify GMO-free claims that is both radically more affordable and more powerful than existing PCR tests.
Based on our proprietary NGS platform, we can identify all of the the most common types of GMOs on the market in a single test. It’s the first scalable, accurate, and cost-effective solution, and a huge first step towards creating a new standard in GMO testing.
You can check out how it works here.
With the new GMO labeling bill, which will require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients and ban state-imposed labeling requirements, just around the corner, the industry is at a turning point. We’re experiencing a paradigm shift in transparency, and the integrity and validity of non-GMO claims is more important than ever.
The problem we currently face is that the food industry has adopted a variety of ways for certifying products without genetically modified organisms, but most “GMO-free” claims aren't scientifically verifiable. Instead, they’re based on on-site inspections and documentation reviews.
When tests are performed, based on PCR, they’re narrowly targeted and extremely costly. Most suppliers and manufacturers do their best, but it’s simply too expensive to cover all of their bases, and test for more than one or two of the most common GMOs. It’s an unsustainable solution.
Simply put, it’s been impossible to confidently stamp something as “GMO-free.” The technology simply hasn’t existed.
Our stance, and our north star as a company, is transparency. We also believe it shouldn’t dramatically affect the bottom line to get there. We’re conscious of figuring out how brands can get ahead of the curve, differentiate their brands on transparency, and sustain the cost of transparency both economically, and with integrity.
As the law waits for Obama’s signature and as a national standard comes to bear, our new test will help brands proactively differentiate on quality, accuracy, and full transparency, down to the molecular level.
This is truly an exciting time to be a part of the food industry. Will you join us?Find out more information about our comprehensive GMO-test here.