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Tour Guests Refute the “Dirty Dozen” List

PRESS RELEASE Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) 2018 Produce Safety tour guests, Jessica Crandall Snyder, RDN and Dr. Joan Salge Blake, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University, recently provided consumers with information on why they shouldn’t rely on the “dirty dozen” list when it comes to making dietary choices for themselves and their families.

Crandall Snyder appeared on Chicago’s CBS affiliate Channel 2 and explained that the benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies far outweigh any risks from residues. She went on to reference the numbers found on the AFF’s calculator at to support her information about the safety of the more affordable and accessible forms of produce.

Dr. Blake’s article in U.S. News and World Report is titled, “Pesticides and Produce: The Problem With EWG’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ List.” This article featured the stringent regulatory standards governing pesticide use and residues in place to protect consumers and also included comments from Dr. Carl Winter, toxicologist with the University of California, Davis.

These stories help counter misinformation and inaccuracies found in the “dirty dozen” list and reassure consumers about the safety of all produce – organic and conventionally grown.

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