Researchers studying fruit juice beverages from 15 different countries have uncovered traces of pesticides in many products, it has emerged.
Scientists at the University of Jaen in Spain looked at more than 100 drinks purchased in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Germany France, the UK and other countries, the Sunday Times of London reports.
In particular, the UK was discovered to have fruit juices with the highest pesticide levels – approximately 34 times greater than what is considered acceptable in drinking water among EU nations.
Peter Melchett of the Soil Association told the news provider that "there needs to be more work on the cumulative effect of residues and this report provides further evidence of a laissez-faire approach."
In the U.S. the use of – and disposal of – pesticides has also been a hot-button issue for a number of years.
ABC News reports that Earthjustice has filed four federal lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency that focus on pesticide use.
The public interest law firm has raised concerns about pesticide contamination in groundwater being linked to cancer.
"There are several pesticides on the market that pose extreme risks to human health through the water, air and food," commented Joshua Osborne-Klein, an attorney for the Earthjustice. "Our lawsuits say that the EPA has not fully assessed these risks."