The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) recently released its 2017 Pesticide Residues in Fresh Produce Report. Through the survey, the CDPR discovered 96 percent of samples had either no detectable pesticide residues or the residue levels were considered within tolerances established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Matt McInerney

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is now recommending new interim restrictions on the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. According to DPR’s announcement today, the new measures will provide increased protections from potential exposure to the pesticide, while DPR completes a formal regulatory process to list chlorpyrifos as a “toxic air contaminant” and develops permanent restrictions on its use.

The interim measures include:

Hank Giclas

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their annual “Dirty Dozen” list yesterday, and once again, the group targeted strawberries and spinach as having the most pesticide residues. The EWG has a reputation of misleading consumers about pesticide residues and produce, and year over year, their list has been repeatedly discredited by scientists and peer reviewed studies.

Matt McInerney

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