We are proud to announce that Sibelius has now achieved non-GMO project verification for Sibelius™: Chamomile.

Sibelius™: Chamomile is a proprietary Roman Chamomile extract (Chamaemelum nobile L.), specially developed to promote restful sleep naturally. This certification follows in the footsteps of Sibelius™: Sage, which was verified for compliance with the non-GMO Project Standard in 2017.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), are plants, animals or microorganisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. Over the past few years, GM crops and foods have raised concern among consumers with respect to their impact on the environment, human and animal health1, 2. This growing awareness means that there is an increasing demand for GMO-free, all-natural alternatives, as well as transparency regarding an ingredient’s origin, cultivation, production, processing, storage and distribution3.

Both Sibelius™ Sage and Chamomile have been verified by the FoodChainID Non-GMO Global Standard, which is recognised within the industry as the benchmark for a non-GMO production system. The program includes risk assessments, traceability, sampling and testing, in order to verify an ingredient’s compliance with the non-GMO Standard4.

Sibelius is delighted that Chamomile has obtained the non-GMO Project Verified seal, and will continue to develop natural ingredients of the highest quality, efficacy and safety.

By Loukiana Chatzinasiou and Sophia Cheesman

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1 Hilbeck, A. et al. (2015). “No scientific consensus on GMO safety”. Environmental Sciences Europe, 27(4):1-6.
2 Thompson, P. B.  (2018). “GMOs”, Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics, Springer, Cham
3 Schweizer, E. (2015). “Organic and Non GMO Market Growth 2015”, Whole Foods Market [Online]
[https://www.aphis.usda.gov/stakeholders/downloads/2015/coexistence/Errol-Schweizer.pdf]

4 https://www.foodchainid.com/certification/non-gmo-certification/

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