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Updated Shopper’s Guide Calls Out Pesticides in Produce

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, is updated annually and ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is designed to help consumers make the best choices for their families, and reduce their exposures to toxic pesticides. EWG also provides printable versions of their “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen” lists.

The Shopper’s Guide is based on results of more than 35,200 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. According to EWG, fruit and vegetable samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared for consumption. This means the produce is thoroughly washed and, when applicable, peeled. After these preparations, pesticide residues are still detected on many of the fruits and veggies.

Since its inception in 1993, EWG has fought for consumers’ rights to live healthier lives in a healthy environment. EWG updates its Shopper’s Guide each year to include the most current information about our produce. As long as chemicals remain in use and turn up on produce, EWG vows to keep publishing the Shopper’s Guide and investigating harmful pesticides and other chemicals.

For more information, visit EWG.org/foodnews.

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