Pesticide Residue in Fruits and Vegetables

Below is a table of 43 fruits and vegetables that were tested by the Environmental Working Group for pesticide residue. The foods are ranked from worst to best (descending) and the chart will tell you what percentage of that particular fruit/vegetable had pesticides on it and how many pesticides could be detected on each fruit/vegetable. For example, peaches were the worst. 96.6% of peaches had pesticides on them. 86.6% of the peaches had 2 or more different pesticides on them. It’s pretty scary stuff. Makes some foods seem a little less, um, peachy…

Rank (worst to best) Commodity Combined Score Percentage of Samples Tested with Detectable Pesticides Percentage of Samples With Two or More Pesticides Average Number of Pesticides Found on a Sample Average Amount (in ppm*) of All Pesticides Found Maximum Number of Pesticides Found on a Single Sample Number of Pesticides Found on the Commodity in Total
1 Peaches 100 96.6% 86.6% 3.1 1.134 9 42
2 Apples 96 93.6% 82.3% 2.8 0.894 9 50
3 Sweet Bell Peppers 86 81.5% 62.2% 2.4 0.138 11 64
4 Celery 85 94.1% 79.8% 3.0 0.413 9 30
5 Nectarines 84 97.3% 85.3% 3.0 0.576 7 26
6 Strawberries 83 92.3% 69.2% 2.3 0.799 8 38
7 Cherries 75 91.4% 75.8% 2.8 0.290 7 25
8 Lettuce 69 68.2% 44.2% 1.7 0.142 9 57
9 Grapes – Imported 68 84.2% 53.2% 1.8 0.284 8 37
10 Pears 65 86.2% 45.7% 1.6 0.586 6 33
11 Spinach 60 70.0% 31.2% 1.1 1.240 6 24
12 Potatoes 58 81.0% 18.0% 1.0 1.655 4 18
13 Carrots 57 81.7% 48.3% 1.6 0.046 6 31
14 Green Beans 55 67.6% 42.0% 1.4 0.199 6 35
15 Hot Peppers 53 55.0% 27.5% 1.0 0.290 6 51
16 Cucumbers 52 72.5% 31.7% 1.2 0.057 6 40
17 Raspberries 47 47.9% 23.3% 0.9 0.906 6 21
18 Plums 46 74.0% 27.1% 1.1 0.666 4 15
19 Oranges 46 85.1% 34.6% 1.3 0.100 4 18
20 Grapes – Domestic 46 60.5% 23.4% 0.9 0.104 7 31
21 Cauliflower 39 84.6% 14.6% 1.0 0.004 5 15
22 Tangerines 38 66.7% 33.3% 1.2 0.375 3 4
23 Mushrooms 37 60.2% 22.3% 0.9 0.158 5 16
24 Cantaloupe 34 53.3% 19.4% 0.8 0.026 4 25
25 Lemon 31 55.6% 10.0% 0.7 0.188 5 10
26 Honeydew Melon 31 59.2% 14.2% 0.8 0.012 4 16
27 Grapefruit 31 62.9% 15.2% 0.8 0.056 4 9
28 Winter Squash 31 41.3% 11.6% 0.6 0.017 5 26
29 Tomatoes 30 46.9% 13.5% 0.6 0.029 5 16
30 Sweet Potatoes 30 58.4% 10.0% 0.7 0.198 3 17
31 Watermelons 25 38.5% 13.2% 0.6 0.021 4 13
32 Blueberries 24 27.5% 10.0% 0.4 0.327 4 11
33 Papaya 21 23.5% 5.0% 0.3 0.053 4 19
34 Eggplant 19 23.4% 6.9% 0.3 0.013 4 15
35 Broccoli 18 28.1% 3.2% 0.3 0.004 3 19
36 Cabbage 17 17.9% 4.8% 0.2 0.121 3 18
37 Bananas 16 41.7% 2.0% 0.4 0.029 2 7
38 Kiwi 14 15.3% 3.4% 0.2 0.160 3 8
40 Asparagus 11 6.7% 0.6% 0.1 0.026 2 19
41 Sweet Peas – Frozen 11 22.9% 2.3% 0.3 0.010 2 5
42 Mango 9 7.1% 0.5% 0.1 0.057 2 13
43 Pineapples 7 7.7% 0.6% 0.1 0.002 2 7
44 Sweet Corn – Frozen 2 3.8% 0.0% 0.0 0.005 1 3
45 Avocado 1 1.4% 0.0% 0.0 0.001 1 2
46 Onions 1 0.2% 0.0% 0.0 0.000 1 2

Note: EWG ranked a total of 42 different fruits and vegetables but grapes are listed twice because they looked at both domestic and imported samples.

* ppm means parts per million

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