Apples contain more pesticides than any other produce

A new report released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for the first time listed apples as #1 on its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and veggies tainted with pesticide residue.

Previously listed at #3, EWG said that according to data from the USDA, pesticides were found on 98 percent of more than 700 apples tested.  Also, according to the group, 92 percent of apples contained two or more pesticide residues.

This is the group’s seventh annual report on the levels of pesticides in our food. Along with the “Dirty Dozen,” EWG ranked 53 fruits and vegetables based on pesticide contamination using an analysis of 51,000 tests conducted between 2000 and 2009 by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. The top five offenders listed were celery, strawberries, peaches and spinach.

92 percent of apples tested contained 2 or more pesticides

Along with its “Dirty Dozen” list, EWG also released a “Clean 15” list of the fruits and vegetables that are the least contaminated by pesticide residues.

As expected, the industry slammed EWG and its report, saying it intentionally scares people into avoiding fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat. The Alliance for Food and Farming argues that just because a pesticide residue is detected does not mean the produce is unsafe. It has also set up a website to counter EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list.

For more on the EWG’s report, see

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