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Environmental Working Group (EWG) released annual list of "dirtiest" and "cleanest" fruits and vegetables available to U.S. consumers

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

Once again, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual list of U.S. consumers "dirtiest" and "cleanest" fruits and vegetables. The analysis of the EWG is based on data provided by the USDA. All products were washed and peeled before testing. Still, data from the USDA shows 225 different pesticides on fruits and vegetables sold in the United States. This means that simple fresh product washing does not remove all residues of pesticides.

Probably the most shocking revelation this year is that kale one of America's most popular health foods is one of the most contaminated items produced. More than 92 percent of kale samples detected two or more residues of pesticides, and up to 18 different residues could be found in one sample. Dacthal, classified by the U.S., was the most frequently detected pesticide found on nearly 60 percent of kale samples. Since 1995, the Agency for Environmental Protection has been a possible human carcinogen. Since 2009, this chemical has been banned for use in Europe.

For the presence of pesticide residues, it has been nearly 10 years since USDA last tested kale. The number of pesticide residues found on kale has significantly increased, making it third on the Dirty Dozen list this year, according to the data.

Here are the top foods with consistently the highest pesticide residue concentration:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot peppers

For 2019, the Clean Fifteen—produce items that tend to have the least pesticide residues are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Sweet peas (frozen)
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons

EWG advice for consumers is to buy organic varieties of these crops to avoid genetically modified produce.

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