Lettuce certified as pesticide free - The Packer

Lettuce certified as pesticide free

10/07/2013 06:23:00 PM
Mike Hornick

hydroponic lettuce Tanimura AntleCourtesy Tanimura & AntleNew packaging on Tanimura & Antle hydroponically grown butter lettuce displays a pesticide residue-free certification. SCS Global Systems certified the product.Tanimura & Antle’s greenhouse-grown butter lettuce has been certified pesticide residue free by SCS Global Systems.

The Salinas, Calif., grower-shipper, will show new packaging that highlights the certification at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit. Tanimura & Antle is scheduled for booth 1441. The trade show is Oct. 18-20 in New Orleans. Emeryville, Calif.-based SCS Global is slated for booth 1414.

Tanimura & Antle is the first to obtain the certification for hydroponic lettuce, according to a news release. The company packs the butter variety year-round at its Livingston, Tenn., greenhouse. It’s available in a one-count clamshell and a three-count club pack at retail nationwide.

“Our greenhouse operation uses minimal controls in the growing cycle, as the growing environment is closed and generally pest free,” Diana McClean, director of marketing for Tanimura & Antle, said in the release. “This certification independently assures consumers that our greenhouse grown lettuce does not have pesticide residue.”

SCS Global Services is a third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability and food safety claims. For this certification, its assessment process screens for high-risk pesticides, predicts critical stages in the spray and harvest cycle and tests the final product. It’s based on a limit-of-detection standard of 0.01 ppm or less.

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