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Strawberries Top ‘Dirty 12’ List of Contaminated Produce

Consumers can eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables that are largely free of pesticide residue, but they will have to shop carefully, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The report, EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, found that almost 70 percent of conventionally grown, not organic, produce contained pesticide residues even after washing and peeling.The analysis, which was based on tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), found significant differences in pesticide residue among various fruits and vegetables, probably as a result of how the food is grown. At the top of the EWG’s “Dirty 12” list are strawberries, followed by spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, and sweet bell peppers. Read More…

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