Consumer Reports' pesticide in produce study

The study found that some fruits and vegetables pose a higher risk than others because of the type of pesticide that was found on them.

For example, 4% of green beans tested positive for acephate or methamidophos, a breakdown product of acephate. Farmers and growers have been prohibited from using acephate on their green beans since 2011, while use of methamidophos has been completely banned since 2009.

Some vegetables and fruits found in the produce aisle may expose folks to high-risk levels of pesticides.
 

Before the vegetable-hating kiddos in the audience start celebrating, Catherine Roberts, the in-house reporter who wrote the article for Consumer Reports, emphasized to USA TODAY that Consumer Reports is in no way saying folks should start avoiding the produce aisle all together.

“We are not nay-saying fruits and vegetables,” said Roberts. “Fruits and vegetables are so good for you.”

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