According to EFSA’s report, the highest frequency of multiple residues was found in gooseberries (85.7% of the total samples analysed), hops (81.8%), grapefruits (73.1%), currants (72%), blackberries (68.4%), table grapes (68.1%), raspberries (66.9%) and strawberries (65.4%). 2,8% of all 85.000 samples analysed contained more than 5 different pesticide residues in one fruit or vegetable product.
The effects of toxic mixtures are still not accounted for in EU safety calculations despite legislation from 2006 demanding EFSA to do so. The continuing claim by EFSA that fruit and vegetables in European supermarkets are safe is not proven, says to Hans Muilerman of the Pesticide Action Network.
More bad news is the fact that, in 2016, the percentage of vegetables and fruit in European shops without detectable (below analytical detection limit) pesticide residues went down to 50,7%, close to the all-time low in 2007.
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