12 Most Contaminated Foods


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the kinds of food that are contaminated based on research in 2006. In these foods, a high levels of pesticides and chemicals that high is found based on 100,000 food sample tests.

These are the 12 types of contaminated foods:

1. Beef, pork, and poultry
U.S. environmental protection Agency (EPA) reported that meat is contaminated by levels of pesticides higher than vegetable products. Pesticides and the chemical is soluble in fat and accumulate in fatty tissue of cattle.

In addition, antibiotics, drugs, and hormones that are often used in animal farm can also accumulate in meat that are often consumed by humans. Meanwhile, freshwater fish products have also been reported from exposure to the pesticide-contaminated water.

2. Milk, cheese and butter
As in the case of meat products, milk products such as cheese and butter, also contain the accumulation of pesticides.

3. Strawberries and raspberries
In general, 300 pons pesticides spread on every acre (0.4 hectares) of Strawberries, raspberries, and Chery fields. Strawberry farmers typically use 36 different types of pesticides and 90 percent of the tested samples showed contamination of strawberry pesticides above safe levels.

4. Apples and pears
The FDA conducted tests detected 36 chemicals, half of them are neurotoxins (can cause brain damage). Meanwhile, pears also had higher levels of pesticides nearing apples.

5. Tomatoes
Farmers in the U.S. typically use more than 30 types of pesticides sprayed on tomato plants. The bad news, the thin skin of the tomato could not prevent the entry of these chemicals.

6. Potato
Potatoes re quite popular, but 79 percent of potatoes tested also showed high pesticide levels above normal.

7. Spinach and other vegetables
FDA found spinach as the most contaminated vegetables in the levels of dangerous pesticides. During cropping, the farmers uses 36 kinds of chemicals  to avoid the attack of pests.

8. Coffee
Most coffee is produced in countries that do not have strict standards in the use of pesticides in food. In addition, the United States also exports millions of tons of pesticides, some of them dangerous and illegal use in American agriculture into the coffee-producing countries.

9. Peaches
Fruit which is juicy and has a delicious taste is also not spared from the accumulation of pesticides. Like the tomato, peach skin is also thin and can not resist the entry of pesticides into the fruit.

10. Wine
Farmers spray pesticides for a variety of different types at each stage of growth in grape. In a conventional wine farm used 35 different types of pesticides.

11. Celery
Conventionally grown celery contain high levels of pesticides. More than 90 percent of celery tested showed high levels of pesticides.

12. Pepper
Pepper plants is one species of plant where pesticides are often sprayed with 39 types of pesticide. More than 60 percent of the pepper tested showed levels of pesticide contamination.