The same 12 items, although in a slightly different order from last year, graced the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” in its annual Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

The “guide” is based on analysis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report, which is published annually. The USDA and Environmental Protection Agency work together to identify foods to be tested for pesticides on a rotating basis.

It’s worth noting that according to the PDP, 99.5% of samples tested had residues “well below” the EPA’s established tolerances, and 22% had no detectable pesticide residue. Click here to read a consumer fact sheet about the PDP.

 The group identified the following items on its “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticide residue:  

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers

 

Here are the items the EWG identified for its “Clean 15,” which report the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydews
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

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