All products are tested before being put on the market to verify that each item is safe to consume or use, and that the quality is according to the agreed specifications. Random samples are taken, depending on risk, to verify shelf life, nutritional values and traces of pesticides. Sensorial testing is done both in-house by a small panel, and externally by a panel of 60-70 consumers. No sample will be launched unless the consumer panel has approved the products.
Food products as well as pet-food products may not contain any genetically modified ingredients or ingredients produced by genetically modified organisms.
Sustainable Seafood Policy
Fish and seafood products may not contain seafood originating from endangered populations or be caught by unsustainable fishing methods. The procurement of fish and seafood in United Nordic shall always be in line with the recommendations from stakeholders such as WWF and ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea).
Sustainable Cocoa Policy
Products containing cocoa (as powder or cocoa mass) must be certified according to Fair Trade, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance or other similar certification schemes.
Sustainable Coffee & Tea Policy
Coffee and tea products must be certified according to Fair Trade, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance or other similar certification schemes.
Sustainable Palm Oil Policy
Palm oil is generally banned in food and non-food products produced for UNIL. For products where palm oil cannot be replaced, RSPO certified Segregated or Identity Preserved palm oil is a requirement.
Dagab, Dagrofa, Martin&Servera
Palm oil as ingredient in food for human consumption must be RSPO Identity Preserved or Segregated. For pet-food and non-food, policies may vary between the companies.
Taste Enhancer Policy
Taste enhancers shall be restrictively used. Policy of individual UN member companies may vary slightly.
Trans fatty acids must be restricted. Policy of individual UN member companies may vary slightly.
Food products may not contain any azo-colorants or chinolin yellow colorant.
Food products may not contain any sucralose
Policy Against Active Anti-Microbial Ingredients
Products may not contain or have been treated with antibacterial substances with the intention to give the product antibacterial properties.
Policy Against Bisphenols in Packaging
Bisphenols may not be used in packaging for any product (food and non-food).
Policy Against PVC in Packaging
PVC may not be used in packaging for any product (food and non-food).
Policy Against Controversial Chemicals
Products or packaging materials may not include any controversial chemicals. Examples include, but are not limited to, chemicals on below lists. Product specific requirements are always communicated in the purchasing specifications.