Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Strawberry Pesticide Ban?

"CONSUMER advocates are calling for independent mandatory testing on fruit and vegetables following an investigation which found more than half the Australian-grown strawberries tested contained residues of pesticides.

The findings have been described by a national chemicals watchdog as alarming and prompted calls to the Federal Government to remedy years of neglect over pesticide regulation.

The tests by Choice revealed that 17 of the 27 samples of conventionally grown strawberries, bought Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, as well as independent fruit retailers in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, registered residues of at least two types of pesticide or fungicide.

Three samples contained pesticide residues at levels that exceeded legal limits set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), or traces of pesticides banned for use on strawberries."

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