The “The Dirty Dozen” is published each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They use the data collected by the USDA’s pesticide residue monitoring program 12 and report the average number of types of pesticides found on a given product. They deem produce that has residue from more types of pesticides “dirty” and produce with residues from fewer types of pesticides “clean”.
So according to the EWG system if 10 pesticides are found at 1,000 times lower the tolerance limit set by EPA, that fruit gets ranked as “dirty” while, another produce item that has only one pesticide residue at a slightly higher 100 times lower the tolerance limit gets ranked as clean.
This year, the USDA’s tests found residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides on nearly 70 percent of the non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S.,” EWG said in a press release. “Before testing fruits and vegetables, the USDA washes, scrubs and peels them, as consumers would.
Here are the 2021 Dirty Dozen:
Bell and hot peppers
Here are the items on the Clean 15:
Frozen sweet peas
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