Here Are The Fruits And Vegetables That Have The Most Pesticides At Risk In France

Eat five fruits and vegetables a day… but not just one.

UFC-Que Choisir alerts this Thursday, March 24 on the proportion of food contaminated with at least one risky pesticide from conventional agriculture.

Consumers Association analyzed 14,000 official health checks and found “Not less than 150 substances suspected to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic or endocrine disruptors were detected in insecticides”,

balance sheet is “especially disturbing”, UFC-Que Choisir insists. “For fruits and vegetables from intensive agriculture, the presence of one of these risky pesticides is manifested in more than half (51%) of controls and at least two of these risky pesticides account for 30%” from them.

“Far from including only infinitesimal, non-quantitative traces, in about one in two cases (43%), officials were able to measure the doses of these substances.”

Cherry, Celery, Grapes

The product posing the greatest risk is cherries (92% of contaminated samples), followed by celery (91%) and grapes (90%).

Almost all cherries checked in France are specifically contaminated with phosphates, “An insecticide suspected to be toxic to breeding work by the European Food Safety Authority”.

we find out “Frequently” in apples (80% contaminated samples) “Fludioxonil, a fungicide suspected to be an endocrine disruptor”.

and in more than a quarter of the grapes analyzed, we find “Pyriproxyfen is strongly suspected to be an endocrine disruptor and to contribute to the head and brain malformations seen in Brazil”.

In contrast, the products with the least contamination are asparagus (2%), kiwi (3%) and cassava (3%).

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