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Watchdog releases list of pesticide-ridden produce

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U.S. - How much pesticide is in your produce?  Is organic worth it?  A Washington, D.C. watchdog has released its annual report to help consumers make better choices in the grocery aisle.  The apple tops the group's Dirty Dozen Plus 2 list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue.  Other notables on the list are strawberries and even kale.

"The USDA washes and peels the produce items that it tests and they still find pesticide residues on 65 percent of the samples,” said Alex Formuzis , V.P. of Environmental Working Group.

The USDA has set limits on allowable pesticide residue it deems safe and requires all produce sold in stores to meet those standards.  But the watchdog organization says levels of pesticide haven't changed significantly in over a decade.

See the full list: http://bit.ly/1n19Kor
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