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Time For Another Look At Safety Of Pesticide Residues On Apples?

January 18, 2010: 02:26 AM EST
After the Alar cancer scare of 1989, apple growers reduced the use of harsh chemicals and found new ways to spray apples. But pesticides did not disappear from the apple industry, this Associated Press article reports. According to 2005 statistics, pesticide residues were found by the USDA on 98 percent of apples tested, though the levels were within federal safety guidelines. Consumer groups and health experts say the level of pesticide residues on apples seems to be safe, but suggest that no one is really sure. “I think we're due for another look" at pesticide safety, one environmental advocate said.
SHANNON DININNY, "Chemicals Coat Apples Decades After Alar Scare", abc News, January 18, 2010, © The Associated Press
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