First pesticide-residue-free certification appears on lettuce labels
Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor -- Packaging Digest, 10/10/2013 9:03:42 AM
Produce industry leader, Tanimura & Antle, has had its greenhouse grown butter lettuce independently certified as Pesticide Residue Free. Lettuce packages will feature a new certification mark alerting shoppers to this unique product benefit. Tanimura & Antle is the first to obtain this certification for greenhouse grown lettuce.
"Our greenhouse operation uses minimal controls in the growing cycle, as the growing environment is closed and generally pest free," according to Diana McClean, director of marketing for Tanimura & Antle. "This certification independently assures consumers that our greenhouse grown lettuce does not have pesticide residue."
The Pesticide Residue Free certification is conducted by Emeryville, California-based SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability and food safety claims. The SCS assessment process screens for high risk pesticides, predicts critical stages in the spraying and harvesting cycle, and tests the final product to ensure that the produce is free of pesticide residues, based on the strict limit-of-detection standard of 0.01 ppm or less.
For more information about the program, go to www.scsglobalservices.com/topics/residue-free.
To see other certified products, visit www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-products-and-clients-0
Packaged year-round from their Livingston, TN, greenhouse, Tanimura & Antle Hydroponic Butter lettuce is available in a 1-count clamshell and a 3-count club-pack at retail stores across the United States.
Tanimura & Antle will present new packaging highlighting this certification at the 2013 Produce Marketing Assn. Fresh Summit in New Orleans, Booth 1441. Information about Pesticide Residue Free certification and other independent certification and testing programs will be available at the SCS Education Center, PMA Booth 1414.
Source: SCS Global Services