Date: Apr 29, 2014
Alliance for Food and Farming Refutes “Dirty Dozen” Consumer Scare List

An annual report released today meant to alarm consumers about pesticide residues and produce was swiftly and summarily refuted by the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF).  The list, known as the “dirty dozen,” purports to list the produce with highest residual pesticide amounts; however, the AFF issued a press release referencing findings of sound science and asked concerned consumers and the media to review several of the peer reviewed studies and government reports on the subject before coming to any conclusions regarding the list.

In its release, the AFF pointed to several studies and reports, including the USDA Pesticide Data Program; the Journal of Toxicology; the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; the British Journal of Cancer; and the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.  It also directed concerned individuals and the media to use its Pesticide Residue Calculator which calculates the amount of produce servings per day a consumer would need to eat before residue would even begin having an effect on the consumer. 


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