We issue the Ital seals as an informative tool to assist ital vegetarian consumers and food producers, with an easily recognizable symbol to help distinguish their preferred service or product. Also, to stimulate interest and awareness about ital as a legitimate code of etiquette and discipline in the arena of sustainability and conscious living.
The two categories of Ital certification that we offer are:
(1) iTAL Certified (2) iTAL Conscious
The iTAL Certified seal is color coded green, and is the ideal standard in which a product or service meets the criteria of 100% organic (non-GMO) and 100% vegan (non-animal based). This is the highest quality certification we offer. The seal must appear with the certifiers statement; iTAL Certified by the iRiE Foundation. It can and should be posted on windows, menus, business cards and websites of approved businesses and services. Organic certification is a valuable asset, but not a necessity, in order to qualify for our certified Ital seal. However, It makes it relatively easy for certified organic agricultural farms, live food restaurants and products, as well as vegan vegetarian restaurants and products to be approved.
Ital Conscious is the other type of approval, which is our "made with" category and is the area where the bulk of packaged foods will fall, as it is extremely difficult to approve products that are manufactured on shared equipment in a non-Ital facility which produces the majority of the vegetarian packaged foods. The iTAL Conscious seal is color coded gold, and signifies that a business or product is manufactured with over seventy-five percent (75%) organic ingredients and absolutely no (0%) animal by-product or GMO's. Just because an ingredient may not be organic, doesn't mean it contains genetically modified organisms. Many local farmers, especially in so-called "third world developing countries" cultivate food crops, comparable to organic agricultural standards.
We do accept that in the process of manufacturing any variety of ital or iTAL Conscious products, that products may and do come into contact with contaminants beyond the control of the manufacturer. Therefore, an evaluation and determination of product's integrity is made to ensure that it is not compromised.