What’s in European fruits and vegetables? What do European consumers ingest everyday? What’s in our lettuce, tomatoes, table grappes?... To start with : there are about 30 endocrine disrupting pesticides. To find out more, read PAN Europe's new consumer guide:
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are on the loose today. They are used for the composition of most common products including pesticides that can be found in our food.
Despite alarming scientific evidence linking EDCs to severe chronic diseases, exposure to pesticides with endocrine disrupting properties remains disregarded by current regulations. PAN Europe has decided to repair this by publishing this consumer guide with a special ranking of the 10 most "disrupting" food items in the European Union.
For instance Lettuce presents an average amount of pesticides EDCs found of 1300 microgrammes per kilogramm which represents 40 times more than the amount in one contraceptive pill. In fact the total amount in a contraceptive pill is below 200 microgrammes. Therefore the average EDCamount in fruits and vegetables is everything but negligeable.
PAN Europe and its partners want to underline that the fruits and vegetables consumption is absolutely crucial for your health. But some are healthier than others.