Greenpeace investigation shows decrease in pesticide exposure in table grapes
Greenpeace has again examined the pesticide exposure of table grapes and found that the fruits have significantly less residues of the toxins than last year. For the grapes from the European Union (EU), none of the samples showed that the legal maximum values were exceeded, according to the environmental protection organization.
As part of the current investigation, Greenpeace examined 40 table grape samples from leading supermarket chains (Aldi, Edeka, Kaufland, Lidl, Metro, REWE, Kaiser’s Tengelmann) for 500 different residues. They found up to eleven different pesticides in individual samples, but the legal limit values were observed for all table grapes. Nevertheless, “there is still a lot to do for the manufacturers,” emphasized Greenpeace agricultural expert Christiane Huxdorff.
Egyptian table grapes most heavily contaminated with pesticides The analysis by "a laboratory certified for the examination of pesticide residues in food" showed that the legally permissible maximum values were observed in all table grape samples, according to the Greenpeace report. The fruits were therefore significantly less contaminated than in previous years. However, the grapes from Europe, Egypt and Turkey nevertheless showed multiple loads, whereby "overall Egyptian grapes were most affected by residues", reports the environmental protection organization. In addition, eleven different pesticides were found in a table grape sample from Turkey. According to the agricultural expert Christiane Huxdorff, there is a clear need for action here, because "up to eleven different active ingredients in one grape are too much."
Combination of several different pesticides harmful to health Although the concentrations of pesticides found in table grapes were low, "according to scientific evidence, the greatest health concern is that several pesticides are used," according to the Greenpeace message. According to the environmental protection organization, the producers use, among other things, several different pesticides "so as not to exceed the maximum amount for a single substance." Therefore table grape samples with residues of several pesticides were rated "not recommended" by Greenpeace. Overall, however, there is a very gratifying trend towards fewer exceedances of the legal maximum amounts.
Organic grapes also contain some pesticides Greenpeace had also checked the pesticide load of organic grapes as part of the current investigation and found small pesticide residues in two out of six samples. However, the pesticide content in conventional grapes tends to be significantly higher than in organic fruits. "In order to prevent pesticides as much as possible, consumers have no choice but to use organic grapes when shopping for table grapes", although this is also a burden is not completely excluded, explained Christiane Huxdorff. (fp)
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