Annual Report Sheds Light On Pesticide Levels In Popular Fruits And Vegetables

CBS New York

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A report released by a Washington D.C. watch group aimed at helping consumers make better decisions in the grocery aisle may have tarnished the apple’s healthy reputation.

The apple recently topped the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen Plus 2’ list as the item with the most pesticide residue among the fruits and vegetables tested, CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported.

The list also included strawberries and even kale.

“The USDA washes and peels the produce items that it tests and they still find pesticide residue on 65 percent of the samples,” Alex Formuzis, V.P. Environmental Working Group, explained.

The USDA has set limits on levels of pesticide residue that it deems safe and requires all produce sold in stores to meet those standards, but the watchdog organization said that the levels of pesticides have not changed significantly in over a decade.

Most health experts say that the best…

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