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Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen lists released

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Saying nearly 70 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S. contain pesticide residue, the Environmental Working Group released its annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which includes its Dirty Dozen.

EWG highlights kale this year as being among the most contaminated items, with more than 92 percent of samples allowing pesticides to be detected.

The shopper’s guide is based on an analysis of more than 40,000 samples taken by the USDA and FDA, EWG said.

“The Shopper’s Guide is a resource designed to help you reduce your pesticide exposures as much as possible by indicating which produce to buy organic, and which conventional products are low in pesticide residue,” EWG said in its summary. “In general, people who eat organic produce consume fewer pesticides.”

EWG’s Dirty Dozen for 2019
1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

The group also promotes its Clean Fifteen list of fruits and vegetables with few, if any, pesticide residue.

EWG’s Clean Fifteen for 2019
1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Frozen sweet peas
5. Onions
6. Papayas
7. Eggplants
8. Asparagus
9. Kiwifruit
10. Cabbages
11. Cauliflower
12. Cantaloupes
13. Broccoli
14. Mushrooms
15. Honeydew melons


Greg Johnson is Director of Media Development for Blue Book Services