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WECF and PAN: Up to 30 different endocrine disrupting pesticides found in fruit and vegetables in the EU

Up to 30 different endocrine disrupting pesticides are found in fruits and vegetables in the European Union with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and apples having on average the highest dose.

European consumers will potentially be exposed to these pesticide residues with a risk of adverse health effects. This is the outcome of an analysis made by PAN-Europe based on the monitoring data of EU food safety authority, EFSA.

Analysis of several food items in European countries, such as peppers, found more than 20 different ED pesticides, prompting concerns in the long-term of even more dangerous exposures as a result of mixtures – the so-called “cocktail” effects.

PAN Europe has started an information campaign www.disruptingfood.info where consumers are advised to choose organic products if possible, and to start by substituting the high risk food items like lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Originally posted on 7 February 2013

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