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Tanimura & Antle greenhouse lettuce certified as pesticide-free

Tanimura & Antle, a leading grower-shipper based in Salinas, CA, had its greenhouse-grown butter lettuce independently certified as Pesticide Residue Free.

TALettuce packages will feature a new certification mark alerting shoppers to this unique product benefit. Tanimura & Antle said it 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," Diana McClean, director of marketing for Tanimura & Antle, said in a statement. "This certification independently assures consumers that our greenhouse-grown lettuce does not have pesticide residue."

The Pesticide Residue Free certification is conducted by Emeryville, CA-based SCS Global Services, 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.

Packaged year-round from its Livingston, TN, greenhouse, Tanimura & Antle hydroponic butter lettuce is available in a one-count clamshell and a three-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 No. 1441). Information about Pesticide Residue Free certification and other independent certification and testing programs will be available at the SCS Education Center (Booth No. 1414).