Scott Prentice, executive director of BioChecked, has been in the food certification business since 2010. However, he's made the most waves with a new certification: Whether food and beverage products contain any residue of the controversial herbicide glyphosate.
Glyphosate — more commonly known by the trade name Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — is the best-selling and most widely used agricultural chemical in the world. It is also suspected of posing a risk to human health. The World Health Organization has labeled glyphosate a probable cause of cancer and California has classified the herbicide as a carcinogen. However, scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency remain divided on whether there is a link between glyphosate and cancer.
BioChecked, based in Sarasota, Florida, launched its non-glyphosate certification program in January.
The Detox Project also issues a non-glyphosate certification, which it began in May.
These two organizations issuing non-glyphosate certifications have tapped into a movement driven by increasing consumer awareness of toxic chemicals and a desire for safer foods and beverages. The new symbols jockey for space among the crowded seals and symbols found on packaging today. They certify that foods, beverages or single ingredients have tested at the lowest possible threshold for the herbicide.
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