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Strawberries Top the List of Worst Fruits and Veggies for Pesticide Residues

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By Megan Boyle [1]
Environmental Working Group [1]

One of your kid’s favorite fruits is hiding a dirty secret.

Of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale in the United States, sweet, sun-kissed strawberries are the most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, according to EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. [2]

This year, for the first time strawberries top EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of produce with the highest amount of pesticide, even after you’ve washed them. Other dirty produce includes peaches, nectarines and apples – previously No. 1 for five years running.

EWG analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose tests found nearly 150 different pesticides on thousands of produce samples from 2014, the most recent year available. Nearly three in four fruit and vegetable samples contained residue from at least one pesticide.

Read the full article at Environmental Working Group [1]

EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ “Dirty Dozen”

1EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Strawberries

 

2EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Apples

 

3EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Nectarines

 

4EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Peaches

 

5EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Celery

 

6EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Grapes

 

7EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherries

 

8EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Spinach

 

9EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Tomatoes

 

10EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet bell peppers

 

11EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherry tomatoes

 

12EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cucumbers

 

+EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Hot Peppers +

 

+EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Kale / Collard greens +

Get the full list [3].

Read the full article at EWG.org [1]