The 10 'Dirtiest' Fruits and Veggies

Strawberries top EWG's controversial list
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2017 9:01 AM CST
The 10 'Dirtiest' Fruits and Veggies
Ready to harvest strawberries are seen in Morocco.   (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and veggies it says have the highest amounts of pesticide residues. But take note: Protecting Your Pocket reports that the list, based on US Department of Agriculture data, has been called misleading since 99% of products sampled for pesticides "had residues below the EPA tolerances," per the USDA. The dirtiest produce, according to EWG:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Celery
  7. Grapes
  8. Pears
  9. Cherries
  10. Tomatoes
The "clean fifteen," or produce with the lowest residues, per EWG: sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit, in that order. (More fruits and vegetables stories.)

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