|Will washing or peeling fruit and vegetables remove pesticide residues?|
Washing and peeling may remove some pesticide residues. For example, conventionally grown citrus fruits are commonly treated with fungicides after harvest to prevent rotting, so the peel is likely to be contaminated, but there is much less contamination within the flesh. However, in other cases, pesticides may be present throughout the whole fruit or vegetable. Processing, including cooking, can also reduce residues, but may not eliminate them completely; nevertheless, it is important to include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet.
PAN UK compared the pesticide policies of the major UK supermarkets to see which retailers are doing the most to address residues and other pesticide problems in their supply chains – see the results here.