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Consumer Reports Analyzes USDA Data to Determine Risk of Pesticides on Food

Consumer Reports recently completed its most detailed analysis yet on pesticide residues, examining 59 types of fruits and vegetables in the U.S., including fresh, canned, dried, and frozen forms. The review, which utilized seven years of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found significant pesticide risks in 20% of the foods tested, such as bell peppers, blueberries, green beans, potatoes, and strawberries. Notably, green beans were found with residues of a pesticide banned over a decade ago in the U.S., and imported produce, especially from Mexico, often had concerning levels of pesticide residues. James E. Rogers, who oversees food safety at Consumer Reports, described the ongoing issue with pesticides as a pattern of "two steps forward and one step back." Read the report here.

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