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TESTING SHOWS NEARLY 50% OF ORGANIC FOOD HAD PESTICIDE RESIDUES
CropLife America (CLA) reports:

An analysis of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found that nearly half (45.8 percent) of all samples tested across Canada in the past two years contained pesticide residues.

Among the organic produce tested, only 1.8 percent violated Canada's maximum allowable limits.

CFIA told CBC News that none of the test results posed a health risk.

Only one-fifth of the produce sampled was grown in Canada, while the rest was imported.

Representatives of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) have raised concerns about the findings and point to the presence of chemicals in the environment as the likely source of the residues.

Others such as Rick Holley, an expert in food safety at the University of Manitoba, acknowledge that organic farmers may have resorted to using products that are prohibited in organic production.

Click here to read more about the CFIA analysis.


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