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Pesticides discovered in fruit juice

December 23, 2008 by  

Worries about pesticidesResearchers 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."

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  • Wilbur Tibbetts

    We should all read Rachael Carlson’s Silent Spring again.

  • Karen Herzog


  • Eric g

    I would also like to know the names of the chemicals that get into our ground water . I know gasoline , how bout fertilizer and farm sprays

  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    Do those pesticides kill germs?

  • s c

    Slowly, for many years, we have been dumbed-down and rendered sheeplike by our ‘leaders.’ It would help to be able to link pesticides and other nasty chemicals to catastrophic diseases and conditions. That way, when people start debilitating therapy programs, they will have a good idea as to what caused their problem(s).
    Then, people can match the names of the feet-dragging slime who allowed chemical companies to put their poisons into the food chain. Send the medical bills to those %**-holes, and let them experience the downside of creating problems they thought they could ignore. Quid pro quo, to the nth degree. It has to work BOTH ways, or it doesn’t work at all.

  • Katie Drew

    Has anybody realized yet just how corrupt the FDA is? FOLLOW THE MONEY!

  • ron

    Around the farm, when we need to get rid of pests, if we can’t trap them, we lace food with poison and the pests eat it and die. Is that the message that the FDA and food/juice companies are sending here?


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