Pesticide residues are located in the peel of fruit and vegetables. For most pesticides, studies show that the majority of the pesticide residues are often found in the non-edible part such as the peel. If you walk into numerous Sacramento supermarkets, you’ll notice many of the packages of frozen berries and sliced fruit are products of faraway places, not farm-to-fork from local growers near Sacramento, even when the type of fruit is in season locally.
Some produce is marked organic and comes from other countries, and other fruits and vegetables imported from far away countries are commercial and frozen in packages distributed locally, but stamped, “produce of another country (fill in the nation).”
Usually, findings in studies of fruit and vegetables show no health risks
But what happens when frozen fruit such as berries are imported from various countries and sold in discount stores at a very much lower price than frozen berries from other countries sold in upscale food markets? Are you getting a similar quality of imported fruit from one country compared to another? Or do some countries have frozen fruit, such as strawberries or blackberries with more pesticides than another country’s frozen, important packaged fruit?
Locally, here in Sacramento you’ll see in some supermarkets packages of some frozen fruit or berries stamped as a product of places such as Chile for blueberries, Peru, Argentina, Serbia, Ukraine, and in some of the discount food markets, China, among other countries where the various berries or other sliced, frozen fruits originated. Now a new Danish study shows the highest amounts of pesticides are found in fruits and vegetables imported from different countries, and Sacramento is no stranger to imported frozen fruit and vegetables. Denmark has done a new study showing most pesticides are in fruit and vegetables coming from other countries. Check out the site, “Pesticide that killed two girls used at San Diego County schools.”
In Sacramento, there’s an organization known as Pesticide Watch – Sacramento, CA – Non-Profit Organization. The non-profit organization works side-by-side with Californians to prevent pesticide exposure, promote local farming, and build healthier communities. Also check out the site, “National Organic Coalition – NOC.” Also some kids will go to any length to get attention when it comes to lunch time. See, “Kids who fell ill at Lomita school participating in a dare, official says.” But when it comes to pesticide residues on foods, consumers want to know what safe levels are on produce sliced, frozen, and imported from various places around the globe. See, Is frozen fruit as healthy for you as fresh fruit? | RelaxNation.
The longer the fruit sits, the less nutritional value it holds
So buy your fresh fruit from farmer’s markets, produce stands or ask your grocer to direct you to the freshest fruits in their store. There are problems when too much pesticide is applied to near someone’s home. The article posted on Nov 16, 2012 also reports that a gopher-control pesticide that killed two little girls in Utah also had been used on athletic fields all over San Diego County, according to permits filed with the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures. The chemical, aluminum phosphide, is also known as Fumitoxin and it is deadly because it gives off toxic gas.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, and heart irregularities, according to the Utah Poison Control Center as reported in that article. What happened before 2012 was that back in February 2010, Rebecca Kaye Toone, 4, and Rachel Ana Toone, 15 months, died after fumes seeped into their home in Layton, Utah. The deaths led to increased restrictions on the use of Fumitoxin in schoolyards and residential areas. But another issue is not just pesticide applied near homes to kill insects, but pesticide residues on important fruit and vegetables, particularly packages of frozen, but also on any type of produce coming from abroad to local supermarkets.
Foreign fruit versus local produce
Foreign fruit generally has a higher content of pesticides than Danish fruit, and fruit has a higher content of pesticides than vegetables. Danes’ intake of pesticide residues appears to be on a par with the latest monitoring from 2003. The findings show that eating 600 grams of fruit and vegetables a day does not constitute a health risk. These are the findings of a new report from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, reports a July 12, 2013 news release, “Danish study shows most pesticides in foreign fruit and vegetables.”
Danes’ intake of pesticide residues appears to be on a par with the latest monitoring from 2003. The findings show that eating 600 grams of fruit and vegetables a day does not constitute a health risk. These are the findings of a new report from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, on pesticide residues in food. The National Food Institute has gathered the findings of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration’s studies of pesticide residues in Danish food in the period 2004-2011.
Foreign fruit generally has a higher content of pesticides than Danish fruit, and fruit has a higher content of pesticides than vegetables
Findings in the 2013 Danish study show no health risks. The calculations of the intake show that pesticide residues in foods on the Danish market do not constitute a health risk. Pesticide residues are found primarily in fruit and vegetables. In general, pesticide residues are more often found in fruit than in vegetables, and foreign fruit contains more pesticide residues than Danish fruit. The share of Danish fruit with a content of pesticides under the EU maximum residue limits (MRL) for content in foods is between 38-67%. The corresponding share of foreign fruit with a content of pesticides is between 61-82% in the study period.
“The risk assessment showed that Danes have no risk of adverse health effects following exposure to pesticides in fruit and vegetables even following consumption of the recommended 600 grams of fruit and vegetables per day. If only commodities of Danish origin are consumed whenever possible Danes can reduce their intake of pesticide residues by 50%,” says Senior Adviser Bodil Hamborg Jensen from the National Food Institute, according to the news release, Danish study shows most pesticides in foreign fruit and vegetables.
The average daily intake of pesticide residues is 98 micrograms for children and 146 micrograms for adults
“In tests involving oranges, tangerines and bananas we found pesticide residues in virtually all samples, but the analyses are carried out on products with peel. See, “A shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce.” The guide reports that cherries from the United States, in contrast to their imported counterparts, are heavily contaminated with pesticides. But the article adds that nutritious substitutes with far lower pesticide residues include blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwis, oranges and watermelon.
This type of fruit is peeled before you eat them whereby the majority of pesticide residues are sorted out,” says Bodil Hamborg Jensen from the National Food Institute, according to the news release. See, “12 Commonly Contaminated Foods – Prevention.com” and “Pesticides: 12 Most Contaminated Fruits & Vegetables. The Choice.”
In 3.8% of the fruit and vegetables, the EU’s MRLs for pesticide residues in food are exceeded. In the report, the National Food Institute assessed both the health risk involved in eating a single pesticide and by eating several pesticides simultaneously through the average diet for both children and adults. In both cases, the findings show that the content of pesticide residues does not pose a health risk to consumers. See, “Is there any risk of illness from eating fresh cherries? | Shelf Life .”
17,309 samples of fruit, vegetables, grain products, meat, infant foods and other processed products from 2004-2011 have been analyzed. The pesticide residues are linked to the nature and extent of the individual foods that Danes eat. All studies have been conducted at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration’s laboratory in Ringsted, Denmark, and up to 250 pesticides have been analysed in the samples. For more information, check out the report: Pesticide Residues. Findings from the period 2004 – 2011 (PDF).