The word Vegan appeared in 1944, when it was derived from the word Vegetarian by Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson. The type of diet and lifestyle in which products of animal origin are removed from their lives and vegetative life and vegetarian nutrition are preferred is called "Vegan". The word vegetarian comes from the Latin "Vegetus". In the definition made in 1842, it means alive, healthy and full of life. Individuals, in which meat and meat products of animal origin are not consumed, but in different combinations of animal products (such as milk, egg, honey, wool, silk, leather, etc.) are fed in accordance with their diet, are called "vegetarians".
With the increasing demand for vegan and vegetarian products, producers and consumers are looking for specific labels and marks on the product, regardless of complex ingredient information and food code numbers, that guarantee product conformity. The unilateral declaration of the manufacturers, the presence of a number of auxiliary materials used in the process but not specified in the product, necessitate the existence of intermediary institutions that act under supervision and have the same sensitivity. The is the only globally prevalent symbol developed by the European Vegetarian Association and recognized by the International Vegetarian Association and its member states. The activity that inspects and registers whether the production takes place as required by the terms vegan or vegetarian, controls it and gives confidence to this culture, and the certificate of this activity is called the "Vegan-Vegetarian Certificate".
There are four different Label sub-definitions according to the contents and production processes of the products:
* Vegan: Vegan Label labeling is used in your products and production processes when no animal products, including milk, eggs, honey, are used.
* Lacto Vegetarian: If only milk or milk-based products of animal origin are used in the content and production of your products, Lacto Vegetarian labeling is made.
* Ovo Vegetarian: Ovo Vegetarian labeling is applied if only egg or egg-based products of animal origin are used in the content and production of your products.
* Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: If only milk and egg-based products of animal origin are used in the content and production of your products, Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian labeling is applied.
A large proportion of firms engaged in manufacturing food exporters in Turkey, despite the fact that the production structure that can address this large market unaware of the market or market size. The primary goal is to create awareness among our producers in this area and to ensure that our food exporters meet the world vegan-vegetarian market with some revisions they will make in the current conditions or in the raw material and process process. This system, which opens new markets for the manufacturer, means a wider product variety and a more practical life for consumers. This certification system, which appeals to the Vegan and Vegetarian market, also creates an alternative for consumers who have special dietary preferences due to various food allergies.
After the application made by the producer organizations, the proposal and contract phase starts. If agreement is reached during the proposal and contract phase, the audit and control phase is started. The inspection and control process is a long process and includes production, product and content stages, visual and experimental methods and compliance due diligence activities. At the end of this process, a Vegan Certificate is given to the organization whose audit has been positive. In summary; After the request from the producer, an application is made to the organization that issues the Vegan-Vegetarian Certificate. As a result of this application, the production, product content and stages are checked with visual and experimental methods and a Vegan-Vegetarian Certificate is obtained when the suitability is ensured. The producer organization wishing to obtain a certificate must notify ISQ of all the compositions of the products produced within the scope of this document and all additives used during processing. After the product content notification is reviewed by the ISQ application review team, the products are distinguished as "vegan" or "vegetarian". A vegan or vegetarian certificate process is implemented in accordance with the results of the evaluation.
Operation of Vegan Certificate Audits
Depending on the product variety of the company, an audit is carried out for not less than 1 day at a date determined by the agreement between the organization that has completed the certification process in accordance with the procedures and the Audit Department. In Vegan Certificate audits, product, production process, infrastructure, environment and product (final product) test reports are examined by the auditor. If a non-compliance with the standards is detected as a result of the examination, this situation is reported to the company. The manufacturer is informed that the detected nonconformities must be corrected within 3 months at the most and the audit is finalized with the presentation of the audit report.
Vegan Certificate Non-Compliance Problem
Certified organizations are obliged to always fulfill the conditions they have committed and fulfilled while obtaining a Vegan Certificate. If the procedures are violated and misleading information is provided, the Vegan producers primarily face the problem of Vegan Certificate cancellation. This situation is announced to consumers after the certificate is revoked.
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