The ‘dirtiest’ and cleanest foods in the US produce aisle: report

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Might want to make those apples organic: the fruit topped the EWG's list for most contaminated produce in the US. ©ARENA Creative/shutterstock.com
Might want to make those apples organic: the fruit topped the EWG’s list for most contaminated produce in the US.
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For the fourth year in a row, apples have topped the list of most pesticide-laden produce in the US.

In the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list, 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.

The guide ranks 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

In this year’s report, 65 percent of the samples tested positive for pesticide residues, including one particularly dastardly single grape, which tested positive for 15 pesticides.

Here are the results of this year’s Dirty Dozen list:
1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet bell peppers
8. Nectarines – imported
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry tomatoes
11. Snap peas – imported
12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen:

1. Avocadoes
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet peas – frozen
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwis
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet potatoes

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