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90% of This Fruit Contains Toxins

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Almost 90% of citrus fruit is contaminated with potentially harmful toxins according to a new report. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that non-organic fruits, such as lemons, grapefruits, and oranges are tainted with pesticides and fungicides designed to increase their shelf life and longevity but can also cause cancer.

According to Eat This, Not That!, EWG, a consumer advocacy group, tested 25 samples of these fruit and found they contained residues of imazalil and thiabendazole, two hormone-disrupting chemicals on almost 90% of the produce.

“The average level of imazalil was about 20 times higher than what EWG scientists would recommend as a safe level for children to protect against increased cancer risk,” said toxicologist Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., according to Eat This, Not That!

“This year, we decided to highlight fungicides because of their potential harm to children’s health and frequency of detection on citrus,” Temkin tells Newsmax. “Post-harvest fungicide use on non-organic citrus to increase the shelf-life of fruits is very prevalent and can lead to concerning levels of the fungicides in the fruits that end up on store shelves.”

Temkin says that the fungicide imazalil is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a likely human carcinogen. It can harm the endocrine system and is also found on 90 percent of citrus samples tested by EWG and 95% of tangerines tested by the USDA in 2019.

Early life, including pregnancy and childhood, are sensitive windows of development where exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors can impact health outcomes later in life, says Temkin. Levels based on children’s health will be protective for adults as well, says the expert, who adds that fungicide use seems to be increasing over time.

EWG tested two organic oranges and one grapefruit, according to Eat This, Not That! and found no detectible fungicides on the produce.

Organic citrus will be the best choice to reduce exposure to fungicides. Additionally, choosing domestically grown citrus may have lower levels of fungicides than imported samples based on EWG testing and USDA testing of tangerines, say EWG toxicologists.

“Always eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whether they are conventional or organic. When you have the option to choose organic produce, opt for that.,” says Temkin.

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