2016 Fruit and Veggie Pesticide Residue

EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of two items – blueberries and snap peas – showed sharply different results, so we have ranked those domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the full list of foods ranked by the Shopper’s Guide displays 50 entries.

 

EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best(lower numbers = more pesticides).

1EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Strawberries

 

2EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Apples

 

3EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Nectarines

 

4EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Peaches

 

5EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Celery

 

6EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Grapes

 

7EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherries

 

8EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Spinach

 

9EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Tomatoes

 

10EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet bell peppers

 

11EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cherry tomatoes

 

12EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cucumbers

 

13EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Snap peas – imported

 

14EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Blueberries – domestic

 

15EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Potatoes

 

16EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Hot peppers +

 

17EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Lettuce

 

18EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Kale / collard greens +

 

19EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Blueberries – imported

 

20EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Green beans

 

21EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Plums

 

22EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Pears

 

23EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Raspberries

 

24EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Carrots

 

25EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Winter squash

 

26EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Tangerines

 

27EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Summer squash*

 

28EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Snap peas – domestic

 

29EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Green onions

 

30EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Bananas

 

31EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Oranges

 

32EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Watermelon

 

33EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Broccoli

 

34EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet potatoes

 

35EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Mushrooms

 

36EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cauliflower

 

37EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cantaloupe

 

38EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Grapefruit

 

39EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Honeydew melon

 

40EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Eggplant

 

41EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Kiwi

 

42EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Papayas*

 

43EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Mangos

 

44EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Asparagus

 

45EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Onions

 

46EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet peas frozen

 

47EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Cabbage

 

48EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Pineapples

 

49EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Sweet Corn*

 

50EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

Avocados

 

 

 

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