SALINAS, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, please go to: http://www.scsglobalservices.com/topics/residue-free to see other certified products, please visit http://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-products-and-clients-0
Packaged year-round from their Livingston, Tennessee 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 Association 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.
About Tanimura & Antle
Tanimura & Antle is an industry leader whose commitment to premium quality produce has remained strong since its formation in 1982. The Tanimura & Antle families combined years of experience and knowledge to establish a produce company unrivaled in its quality products, innovation and dedication to growers, customers, consumers and employees. Today, as one of the largest independent lettuce growers in the United States, Tanimura & Antle farms more than 30,000 acres of rich, fertile farmland and ships a full line of premium fresh produce products throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.taproduce.com.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for nearly 30 years. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS provides accredited services under a wide range of internationally recognized certification programs. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation and Certified B Corp™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, please visit www.scsglobalservices.com
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