Tuesday, December 22, 2009


How about a guide that says which foods are the most contaminated and which are least contaminated with respect to the presence of pesticide residues in the market? It should be of great help for the consumers to look for organic versions of most contaminated and buy normal versions in case of least contaminated ones. According to the NGO Environmental Working Group (EWG), a knowledge about the safety of various fruits and vegetables will help the consumer to stretch his money to the maximum extent possible by restricting the buying of costly organic products to those categories known to carry high levels of contaminants.

"It's not always easy to find organic foods and sometimes they cost a bit more. So not all of your food has to be organic. But foods which contain higher amounts of pesticides are the ones you should try to buy organic.Pesticides are hard to wash off completely and they can seep into fruits and veggies. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure 80-percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables".

The list compiled by EWG contains many popular fruits and vegetables like Apple, Peach, Celery, Strawberries, Lettuce, Grapes and Carrots and it is preferable to buy these with organic label. Availability of accurate data on pesticide residue will be of great help in drawing such a guideline. In many developing countries such information is difficult to be accessed, a handicap for creating consumer awareness.


1 comment:

bullstone said...

I have been fighting to have millions of pounds of contaminated meat recalled that was produced using a warehouse facility that makes the PBA facility look like the Ritz. The pictures I gave to the USDA and the FDA showed RAT fecal matter and rodents nests on food ingredients and materials, I submitted documents to the USDA proving the use of this contaminated warehouse for years and was denied a recall of my own products .Why –to protect a State institution that was contracted to produce this meat for my company.
Agencies state the manufacturer must generate the recall and the FDA and USDA not having the authority to initiate this action as the reason bad food gets into the system .This is not so ,I am proof of this statement not being accurate. Even when the USDA went and found this contaminated warehouse with live rodents they never tested any product for salmonella and co-operated with the state of Florida to use possible contaminated ingredients in further meat processing.
I applaud your very fine story and comments and appeal to you to visit my blog site and see the evidence of rat fecal contamination in meats produced by an instrument of the State of Florida department of Corrections. I have been battling with the USDA to issue a recall on the millions of pounds of meat the State of Florida produced under contract for my company. This meat was distributed nation wide to schools, supermarkets and institutions. When we discovered that this Florida State division was storing food supplies and edible ingredients in a rat infested warehouse we began our quest to get this information to the public and get accountability placed on those who allowed this to happen. When you read the information on my blog you will see the validity of both our stories .I support your efforts and request your support of mine. Regards Larry Stone