Certified C.L.E.A.N./Certified R.A.W. Public Hearing, Dec 15, 2017
We’re holding an online public hearing to review recent updates to the Certified C.L.E.A.N./Certified R.A.W. Standards, on Dec 15, 2017, 12 noon to 1 pm EST (9 am to 10 am PST).
The link to join the public hearing is http://join.me/vashivalive.
Our last Standards Committee Meeting was conducted on Oct 13, 2016, where a number of changes were approved that we will review during the public hearing. In addition, we have requests for new updates and changes from the community that we will invite your feedback on.
The Certified C.L.E.A.N./Certified R.A.W. Standards have been developed by you and the community of stakeholders to support the raw and clean food movement. Your participation in this public hearing is important to keep this process open, transparent and communal.
Please feel free to share this info and invite others in your food manufacturing community to the hearing as well.
While the number of food manufacturers claiming to offer wholesome, healthy packaged foods is growing, there is no clear understanding of what constitutes healthy, “raw” and ”clean” foods. Also, more and more people are incorporating what they believe to be raw foods into their diets principally for health and taste reasons. But there is debate and confusion over what actually constitutes “raw” and what the characteristics should be to maintain a food’s ”raw” quality at point of sale and also protect consumers from food borne diseases. Leaders of the Raw Food community since the Fancy Food Show in 2014 have been working hard to define what is “raw” and “clean” and to create a certification program for the community to ensure compliance to move our rapidly growing industry forward.
We are pleased to announce that RawFoodCertified.Org, a 501(c) project of International Center for Integrative Systems, will be the home of this certification program. A series of meetings and public hearings have been held with Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, PhD., an MIT-trained scientist and systems biologist, leading the discussion and sharing our results and the steps that we can follow to gain certification for our products. We have been fortunate to get feedback from various parties including Go Raw, Raw One Food, Living Intentions, Alive and Radiant, Living Brands, Hail Merry, Whole Foods, Wonderfully Raw Gourmet, and Rhythm Superfoods, and many other scientists and health care practitioners, in developing this program.
This consensus-based standard’s criteria incorporate the inputs from the food stakeholder community of consumers, public interest groups, growers/farmers, food processors, trade associations, food retail stores, restaurants, regulatory agencies and academicians. The criteria focus on three categories – Safety, Minimal Processing and Bioavailability of nutrients, and defines two imprimaturs – Certified R.A.W. and Certified C.L.E.A.N.