Vegetarianism means consuming a plant based diet and abstaining from the consumption of meat (poultry, mutton, beef and seafood’s etc) and meat by products like gelatin, rennet, milk, dairy etc. Vegetarianism can be further classified as;
- Lacto-vegetarian – those who consume milk and dairy products but do not eat egg,
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarian those who eat both eggs and dairy and
- Ovo-vegetarian those who eat eggs but not dairy products.
Strict vegetarians are totally different from above mentioned categories and describe themselves as Vegans, i.e. those who do not consume any product sourced from animals. Compassion for animals, the concept of saving the environment and / or ethical reasons the main reasons why consumers are demanding a vegetarian diet.
There is huge market for those who identify this niche and produce vegetarian products for the mass population. There is multibillion pound opportunity in this market. It is seen vital in a modern food processing system where different categories of product may share the same commercial environment, which may invitably lead to a risk of cross contamination. Therefore business operators who are already producing vegetarian products can increase their present profit value by adding the essence of Vegetarian Assure-IP label to their product while those who are willing to produce using existing line or new line set up need to demonstrate that integrity of product was maintaing through out the processing. To achieve this Assure-IP has established a robust certification scheme, Vegetarian Assure-IP Standard VAIP 820011, which is compatible with leading European and International standards; BRC, ISO and the guidelines issued by FSA, FDA, USDA and CODEX and has inbulit clauses of HACCP system. Vegetarian Assure-IP certification system is based on Identity Preservation (IP) which implies that every ingredient that goes into the making of a product is traced back to its source and its integrity is maintained throughout the Whole Supply Chain.
Our distinguished and strict standards VAIP 82001:2013 for the Vegetarian Assure-IP certification will build consumers’ confidence in purchasing genuine vegetarian Assure-IP certified products. Besides that we will assist our clients for the marketing and promotion of their certified products. Our consultancy will help clients in all technical and regulatory issues involved in developing a genuine vegetarian brand with the assistance of Vegetarian Assure-IP.
Minimum Certification Criteria for
Must be Free from products/ingredients that are obtained on killing/slaughter of an animal
PCR Test Confirmition of every Ingredient / Raw Material
Where eggs are used, they must be certified free range
Should not processed in the same line used for Non Vegetarian products
Should not be cross contaminated any of the above