The seal means that the food has been tested for pesticide residues, and that residues were below levels specified in the SCS Pesticide Residue Free Certification Standard. For a food to be certified and carry this seal, the test results do not have to indicate that the residue levels are zero, or that no pesticides are detected. Rather, the limits are 0.01 parts-per-million (ppm) for most pesticides, even though many of these pesticides can be detected at much lower levels. Also, some pesticides can be used in agriculture in ways that would not lead to residues on the food but can have negative impacts on the environment, farmers and farmworkers, and people living near farms.
The bottom line: If you’re looking for a seal that means no synthetic pesticides that can pose risks to human health and the environment are allowed to be used, look for the USDA Organic seal.
This seal can be found on:
Fresh or processed fruits, vegetables, grains, juices
ORGANIZATION: Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., doing business as SCS Global Services
LABEL STANDARDS: www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-pesticide-residue-free
What this seal means