The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2012 Rankings

It’s that time of year again…  For the eighth year in a row, the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group has released its annual Dirty Dozen list of the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables on the market as part of their 2012 Shoppers Guide (along with the coinciding list of the cleanest 15).  To compose this year’s list, EWG researchers looked at 45 popular fruits and vegetables based on pesticide-load reports conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  The database includes 60,700 samples taken over a 10 year period, beginning in 2000.  The group found that 68 percent of the food samples tested had detectable pesticide residues, even after they had been washed and/or peeled.

Like last year, apples top the dirty list, while Continue reading

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2011 Rankings

When buying produce, we are faced with a choice: dish out more money for organic fruits and vegetables, or stick to conventionally grown produce to save a buck (or two).  To help make the decision easier, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy nonprofit, uses data from the United States Department of Agriculture to identify which fruits and vegetables have the highest (“Dirty Dozen”) and lowest (“Clean 15”) amount of pesticide residue.  As of yesterday Continue reading

The Latest Major U.S. Food Recalls

According to Time Magazine, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council recently reported food-borne illnesses in the U.S. cause more than 5,000 deaths each year.  The recalls listed here are voluntary on behalf of the manufacturers, for the surprising reason that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the power to recall food.  Until we have mandatory FDA food inspections, we are at our own risk.  So the best you can do until the Senate decides to change this is remain mindful of what you buy, wash your food and hands well, prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meats separate from produce, and if possible, buy organic (especially the dirty dozen).

Here are the latest major U.S. Food Recalls: Continue reading