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dirty dozenEvery year the Environmental Working Group analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA to highlight foods that test positive for the most and the least amounts of pesticides—known as the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15.”

The “Dirty Dozen” reveals the fruits and vegetables that contain pesticide residues and show high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items, while the “Clean 15” highlights the produce that is least likely to hold pesticide residues.

“Dirty Dozen”  

  1. apples
  2. strawberries
  3. grapes
  4. celery
  5. peaches
  6. spinach
  7. sweet bell peppers
  8. nectarines, imported
  9. cucumbers
  10. cherry tomatoes
  11. snap peas, imported
  12. potatoes

“Clean 15”

  1. avocados
  2. sweet corn
  3. pineapples
  4. cabbage
  5. frozen sweet peas
  6. onions
  7. asparagus
  8. mangoes
  9. papayas
  10. kiwis
  11. eggplant
  12. grapefruit
  13. cantaloupe
  14. cauliflower
  15. sweet potatoes

Consult the EWG website to find more information about the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists, read the organization’s shoppers guide to see how 48 popular fruits and vegetables rank, and learn about the “Dirty Dozen Plus”—an expanded list of foods with trace levels of hazardous pesticides.

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