What Is Certification?
The MSC Product Certification Program was developed
to assist regulators, retailers, writers, academics, and most
importantly, consumers, in determining what products conform
to the Voluntary Uniform Product Guidelines for Horticultural
Mulches, Growing Media and Landscape Soils (UPG).
These guidelines were developed over a five-year
period of industry debate among Council members and non-members
to define product nomenclature, uniform product characteristics,
minimum acceptable performance objectives and proper labeling
requirements to properly inform end users.
Certified products must:
- Conform to the Council's "truth-in-labeling"
requirements for product nomenclature and package label claims
- Pass laboratory testing, including
weights and measures
- Pass greenhouse growth testing (For
all soil products)
- Pass random audit testing of packages
selected from retail markets
In an ongoing system of monitoring and evaluation,
MSC Certification is a major step in any manufacturer's customer
assurance that its product label is truthful, accurate and
that product claims have been verified.
Mulch and Soil Council acts to protect the public from CCA Treated Woods in Mulch.
Resources features a product line that is safer for people
and the environment.