For Consumers – How to help avoid Pesticide on a Plate

CONSUMERS: CHOOSE ORGANIC TO AVOID PESTICIDE RESIDUES

PAN UK recently completed a study ‘Pesticides on a Plate’ to research the presence of pesticide residues in food in the UK. While their finding were unappetizing to say the least, what was even more disturbing was the lack of information that UK citizens have about the food they are consuming – 96% of consumers are unaware of the maximum levels of pesticide residues found in food.

Key PAN UK report findings:

•               The food with the highest residues is soft citrus. 100% of samples contained residues and over 96% contained residues from more than one pesticide

•               Soft citrus, oranges, pineapple and grapes all had pesticide residues exceeding the Government’s MRL (Maximum Residue Levels)

•               Flour is third on the list with over 96% containing pesticide residues, and 73% of bread samples tested contained residues

•               19% of samples contained more than one residue

The Organic Trade Board commented that “the evidence of pesticide use and its increasing presence in foods is worrying and needs to be addressed; however consumers can take action themselves. They can and should ask questions of the products they are buying as the data shows not all are the same.  Our Organic Naturally Different Campaign aims to inform consumers about their choices. We know one way to minimise your exposure to pesticide residues is to eat more organic food.”