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These 12 fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue than others, 'Dirty Dozen' study says

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Strawberries remained at the top spot on an annual list of fruits and vegetables found to have the highest traces of pesticides.

The 2021 “Dirty Dozen,” released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group, ranked pesticide residue levels of fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

There were two noticeable changes to this year’s list, said Thomas Galligan, an EWR toxicologist.

Collard and mustard greens joined the list at No. 3, sharing a spot with kale. The pesticide most frequently found on these greens was DCPA, a compound classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen, he added.

The second addition to this year’s “Dirty Dozen” are bell peppers and hot peppers which ranked at No. 10, Galligan said. “In the most recent test, they found 115 pesticides on different peppers.”

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