2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Is Out: How Many Pesticides Are in Your Favorite Produce?

The Environmental Working Group has just put out its annual "Dirty Dozen" report, highlighting the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables. Here they are, in reverse order.

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Nearly 90 percent of conventional sweet bell pepper samples had pesticide residues, according to the EWG. They may have less pesticide residue than other "Dirty Dozen" foods, but they are often more toxic.
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Potatoes had more pesticide residues by weight than any other crop, according to EWG. Chlorpropham accounts for more of the residue detected on potatoes.
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More than 95 percent of celery samples came up positive for pesticides. Up to 13 different pesticides were found on a sample of celery, EWG says.
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On average, nearly four pesticides were found on the conventionally grown tomato, according to EWG. One sample had 15 different kinds.
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EWG found fairly high concentrations of several pesticides, including insecticides and fungicides, on pear samples. Most of the samples tested had at least five or more different pesticide residues.
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Conventional cherry samples had an average of five pesticides detected, EWG says. Nearly a third had iprodione, a possible cancer-causing pesticide that is banned in Europe.
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Detectable pesticide residues were evident on more than 99 percent of conventional peaches, EWG says. The samples averaged four pesticide residues each, on average.
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More than 96 percent of samples tested positive for pesticide residues - an average of five each.
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EWG found 90 percent of apple samples tested had detectable pesticide residues. Eight percent of them had diphenylamine, which is also banned in Europe.
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There were two or more pesticides found by the EWG in nearly 94 percent of nectarine samples, according to the group. One sample had 15 different kinds.
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Pesticides were detectable on 97 percent of spinach samples EWG tested. The group says concentrations of permethrin, a neurotoxic insecticide, were relatively high compared to the others.
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A third of the strawberry samples tested by the EWG had 10 or more pesticide residues, according to the group. One sample had a whopping 22 different kinds of detectable pesticides.
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