Updates to “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides”

The Environmental Working Group recently released an updated version of its popular “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” with information on 45 fruits and vegetables. Also included for the first time is a Plus category featuring green beans and leafy greens.

The EWG emphasizes the health benefits of including more fruits and vegetables in a daily diet outweigh the risks associated with pesticide residue. The guide is not intended to assess the risks of pesticide consumption, but looks at the overall pesticide load of fruits and vegetables to help consumers make informed buying decisions.

The Shopper’s Guide is based on fruits and vegetables available to U.S. consumers and includes both imported and domestic produce.

Highlights of the Dirty Dozen:

  • Every sample of imported nectarines tested positive for pesticides.
  • 96 percent of celery samples tested positive for pesticides, followed by potatoes (91 percent).
  • A single bell pepper sample had 15 different pesticides.
  • Grapes have more types of pesticides than any other produce.

Highlights of the Clean Fifteen:

  • No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen had more than 5 types of pesticides detected.
  • Avocado, sweet corn and onions had no detectable pesticide residues on 98 percent or more of the samples tested.
  • More than 90 percent of cabbage, asparagus, sweet peas, eggplant and sweet potato samples had no more than one pesticide detected.

Visit Foodnews.org to view a complete list of fruits and vegetables analyzed for this year’s guide.

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