USDA’s pesticide testing results for 2016
Worried about pesticide residues on fresh and processed fruit and vegetables?
The USDA tests for a bunch of them in more than 10,000 food samples (of which more than 90% are fruit and vegetables).
The results from 2016 are encouraging.
Residues exceeding the tolerance were detected in 0.46 percent (48 samples) of the total samples tested (10,365 samples).
Of these 48 samples, 26 were domestic (54.2 percent), 20 were imported (41.7 percent), and 2 were of unknown origin (4.1 percent).
Residues with no established tolerance were found in 2.6 percent (273 samples) of the total samples tested (10,365 samples).
Of these 273 samples, 179 were domestic (65.6 percent), 90 were imported (32.9 percent), and 4 were of unknown origin (1.5 percent).
These are low percentages.
They could be lower.
It’s good the USDA is keeping an eye on this.