Study says washing strawberries properly can remove pesticides

In recent years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the potential risk of pesticide residue on fresh produce, opting instead to purchase organic fruit and vegetables. Now, in a recent study released from Grow Green Industries, Inc. up to 98% of fungicides such as Carbendazim and neoninicotinoid pesticides such as Imidacloprid, can be removed from whole porous fruit, such as strawberries, through effective cleaning with Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash (www.EatCleaner.com). 

A comprehensive pesticide reduction analysis was conducted by Weck Analytical Laboratories, Inc. where a sample group of strawberries were each spiked with 1000 mg/L of Carbendazim, and another two groups were spiked with 1000 mg of Imidacloprid, to mimic field application. One of each of these groups was treated with a 30 second soak of Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Spray, and the other group was treated with a 30 second soak of Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Powder. A control set was rinsed with a 30 second water rinse only. After these treatments, the strawberries were homogenized (pureed) and the entire fruit was extracted to analyze the effectiveness of the various treatments on the interior and exterior. 

Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Spray was effective in removing 97% of Carbendazim and 98% of Imidacloprid from the treated strawberries. Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Powder was effective in removing 95% of Carbendazim and 98% of Imidacloprid from the treated strawberries. The water rinse was 26% effective in removing Carbendazim and 46% effective in removing Imidacloprid. “We concluded that both the Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Spray and Powder are significantly more effective at removing Imidacloprid and Carbendazim from strawberries than water alone,” noted Brandon Gee, Senior Project Manager, Weck Laboratories Inc.

“These fungicide and pesticide residues can build up in the body over time and impact health negatively, and some have been linked to cancer and other chronic diseases. Knowing that these can be mitigated with proper washing of a porous fruit such as a strawberry is a very powerful finding,” added Dr. Shawki Ibrahim, Ph.D. Environmental Health Sciences. “Using Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash Spray and Powder is so much more effective than water alone, based on Weck Lab’s Conclusion.”

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Leigh-Anne Anderson
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