Best & Worst Food for Pesticide Residues E-mail
   
% of Samples That
Contain Residues
% of Residues that Exceed MRLs
 % of Samples that contain Multiple Residues
Best Fruits
Star Fruit
alt
17 10 0
Plum
alt
23 1.4 5.6
Exotic Fruits
alt 34 15 14
Kiwi Fruit
alt
44 1 4.2
Banana
alt 57 0 38
Raspberries
alt
58 0 42
Other Berries
alt
69 0 61
Melons
alt 75 3.1 41

Worst Fruits

Soft Citrus
alt
100 0 100
Pineapples
alt
94 0 10.4
Pears
alt
90 1.4 81
Apples
alt
89 1.4 76
Grapes
alt
88 2 70
Strawberries
alt
86 0 71
Peaches &
Nectarines
alt
83 3 49
Apricots
alt
78 0 52

   


 
Best Vegetables
Corn (cob)
alt
0 0 0
Leeks
alt
8 1.4 4.2
Aubergines
alt 20 5.7 5.7
Onions
alt
29 0 2
Ginger
alt 33 0 0
Chilli
alt
9 6.5 22
Potatoes
alt
44 1 8.3
Peppers
alt 45 0 34
Celery alt 46 0 12.5
Spinach alt 47 2.5 22

Worst Vegetables

Tomatoes
alt
81 2.1 52
Parsnips
alt
77 0 67
Cucumber
alt
64 1 36
Carrots
alt
63 0 32
Lettuce
alt
59 0 27
Beans in a pod
alt
58 14 39
Peas in a pod
alt
57 4.1 37
Sweet Potatoes
alt
57 0 6.4
Courgettes and Marrows  alt  48 0 13
Yams  alt  48 22 28

Worst Other foods

Oily fish
 
67-98 10 0
Cereal grains
 
79-91 1.4 5.6
Flour
  73 15 14
Cereal bars
 
68 1 4.2
Dried fruit
  58 0 38
Bread
 
33-56 0 42
Herbs   53    
Chips
alt
8 0 61
Crisps
  45 3.1 41
Rice   45    

Based on all data published by the Pesticide Residues Committee, 2000 – 2008, and analysed for the percentage of samples containing pesticide
 
sorry.