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12 Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Corn (sweet)
  7. Kiwi
  8. Mangos
  9. Onions
  10. Papaya
  11. Pineapples
  12. Peas (sweet)

12 Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Imported Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Potatoes
  10. Red Raspberries
  11. Spinach
  12. Strawberries

The Pesticides in Produce list ranks pesticide contamination based on an analysis of over 100,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 1992 – 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Contamination was measured in six different ways and crops were ranked based on a composite score from all categories. Pesticide residue varies considerably by product, according to tests by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental watchdog group. No pesticide levels exceeded federal standards.


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