Is your favorite snack on the most contaminated foods list of 2023?
You may want to be a little more cautious in the kitchen and make sure your groceries are clean.
The 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce is out and strawberries and spinach own the top two slots on the so-called “Dirty dozen.” Kale came in third place followed by two other greens: kale and mustard respectively. The report also says nearly 90 percent of blueberries and green bean samples had concerning findings, including more kinds of pesticides than in previous years.
Health officials say exposure to food with pesticides could potentially be harmful, especially for pregnant women and children. The researchers say if you can’t buy organic, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables it’s important to properly wash the food items. Avocados are on the top of the list for least-contaminated foods, followed by sweet corn.
The findings of this report came from nearly 47,000 samples tested by the Department of Agriculture.