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Report: Apples have most pesticides among fruit, veggies

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

( -- How much pesticide is in your produce and is buying organic worth it?

There’s a new report out to help consumers make better choices at the grocery store. 

According to the report, apples contained the most pesticide residue among the fruits and vegetables tested.

Other fruits listed on the Environmental Working Group’s "Dirty Dozen Plus 2" list includes strawberries and even kale.

The USDA has set limits on allowable pesticide residue it deems safe and requires all produce sold in stores to meet those standards

Most health experts say the best way to avoid pesticides in produce is to buy organic. But there is another list for consumers who don’t have the extra money for organic produce.

It’s called the "Clean 15" and it lists produce items with the lowest amounts of residue. Those include pineapples and avocados, which have thick skins.

Experts say a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables still outweighs the risk of pesticide exposure.

The EPA tells CBS News if new data indicates pesticide risks it will move quickly to take appropriate regulatory action.

Here is the Environmental Working Group's list of the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables:


  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas
  12. Potatoes


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